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Old 05-03-2009, 16:17   #1
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Hello everybody

I am in the process of looking for a small sailboat(under 30' due to budget constraints) to live aboard and gain experience sailing. Ultimately I would like to sail the bahamas and if I feel ready travel down into the caribbean. I have been reading the posts here for a while and thought I would finally introduce myself.
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Old 05-03-2009, 16:42   #2
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Hi drjekyl,

How do you pronounce your name?
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Old 05-03-2009, 18:26   #3
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Sailing is mostly about finding a way that works - for you.

As far as making it a lifestyle it helps to learn first. Not knowing what you are getting into is easier when you don't know much, but gets a lot harder after you do. You just don't want to suddenly figure it out as you start to understand it's not for you. We all here like sailing in our own way. If you read enough here you'll figure that it includes a great deal of diversity. You only need one good way for it to work for you. It's mostly about you.
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Old 05-03-2009, 19:18   #4
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Aloha Doctor,
Welcome aboard! Good to have you here. There is a good list of boats under 30 that would be ocean capable and fine liveaboards floating around in the old threads here on the forum. Good luck in locating it. If I come across it again I'll attach it here.
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Old 05-03-2009, 22:32   #5
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Thanks John I would appreciate that. My name is Jay and I have been looking around on the common websites such as yacht world for older boats under $10000. I have tons of questions but alot of them seem to have been addressed here at one time or another. I plan on taking a yr or two off( depending on how long my savings allow) and move aboard a boat so I can find out if this is for me. This has been a dream of mine for a long time but I have been working in a landlocked state so I kinda have to jump in wholehearted.
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Hi drjekyl,
How do you pronounce your name?
He presumably pronounces his screen name Doctor Jekyll, to rhyme with "heckle", as in R.L. Stevenson’s “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”
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Old 06-03-2009, 18:07   #7
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Thanks John I would appreciate that. My name is Jay and I have been looking around on the common websites such as yacht world for older boats under $10000. I have tons of questions but alot of them seem to have been addressed here at one time or another. I plan on taking a yr or two off( depending on how long my savings allow) and move aboard a boat so I can find out if this is for me. This has been a dream of mine for a long time but I have been working in a landlocked state so I kinda have to jump in wholehearted.
Welcome aboard Doc.

Take a look at this site. There are two boats listed on the Vegas for Sale page, one in the San Juans for $12K and one in CT for $8K. They built over 3500 of these so they are plentiful and they are well known as capable cruisers. Also explore the links in my sig.

That should give you some ideas.

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Old 06-03-2009, 19:21   #8
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Thanks for the info Vega1860,

I have heard alot of good things about vegas and the one in the San Juan Islands looks like it is ready to go. There is also a vega listed on usedboats.com in Maryland that seems well equipped. Im wanting to buy (preferably) on the east coast so I can learn to sail there and make my way to the bahamas without doing any real offshore cruising, but I must say that the vega in the San Juans seems to be a good buy. I called about a cape dory in New England yesterday, but it is under a foot of snow.
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Shiva is indeed a very good buy. I've been aboard her and I know the owners. Unfortunately they have a case of "Two foot-itis".

As for avoiding offshore; personally I feel much safer and more comfortable offshore far from rocks, shoals, surf and ****heads.

As you gain experience you will learn that there is no safety in proximity to land. Quite the contrary.
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Shiva is indeed a very good buy. I've been aboard her and I know the owners. Unfortunately they have a case of "Two foot-itis".

As for avoiding offshore; personally I feel much safer and more comfortable offshore far from rocks, shoals, surf and ****heads.

As you gain experience you will learn that there is no safety in proximity to land. Quite the contrary.
Sort of like how a plane is safer at a higher altitude.
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Thanks John I would appreciate that. My name is Jay and I have been looking around on the common websites such as yacht world for older boats under $10000. I have tons of questions but alot of them seem to have been addressed here at one time or another. I plan on taking a yr or two off( depending on how long my savings allow) and move aboard a boat so I can find out if this is for me. This has been a dream of mine for a long time but I have been working in a landlocked state so I kinda have to jump in wholehearted.
Aha, Cheers Gord, as in Dr Jekyl. Didn't spot that. I'm getting old ya know. But hey, Jay is easier.

Hi Jay,

Had a similar dream. Still do. Had a few boats, and also had those moments when I have decided "this is definately NOT for me" as whipplashed by F11 in the North Sea. But, funny though, wind moderates, sun comes out, stomach settles, go ashore, and you know what?

From the moment the attraction of shore wears off (usually measured in hours at most), I am bitting at the bit to get back afloat again.

Don't know why. Can't put my finger on it. You've just got to try it and see.

In Favour:
Adventure
Meet some cracking nice people
It's fun
You truly are master of your own domain (Red Sea apart).

Against:

Hmmmmmmmmm.
Well...
Er...

Have to let you know on that one.
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Sort of like how a plane is safer at a higher altitude.
Exactly as my flight instructor said. It is a good idea for planes to stay away from boats too.



Minor plane/boat collision at about 3:50. Watch for the pilot to fall in the water.
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