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Old 25-09-2014, 09:27   #1
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Hello Everyone

First time poster, long time lurker here.

I'm in my early 20s. I have no boat and virtually no sailing experience.

I want to live aboard, single-handed, cruising the Caribbean and occasionally crossing the pond.

I'm in the R&D phase.

The project is this; buy an old steel boat in the ~35 range, gut it completely, take it down to bare metal, and rebuild everything to my own specifications. Originally, I was planning to buy a kit and build from scratch, but decided that was just too expensive and time consuming. Anyway, my philosophy, like my username, is KISS - keep it simple stupid. I'm not a hair-shirt minimalist ideologue, but I don't need much in the way of creature comforts to be happy (my terrestrial life currently reflects this).

Over the last few years I've been researching everything from proper anchor sizing to the merits of the vented loop, and this forum has been an invaluable resource - so I offer my heartfelt thanks to all of you. I'm now at the point where I have a detailed plan worked out, which I'm going to post in another thread as soon as I'm finished writing this, and I hope you'll be kind enough to take a look and give me your opinion.

Thanks very much,
"If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable."

-- Seneca
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Old 01-10-2014, 12:34   #2
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Re: Hello Everyone

Aloha and welcome aboard!
Good to have you here. No doubt you've read all the posts that discourage you from doing what you say you want to do. The ones that say you will be spending a lot more time and money on doing it your way and not be sailing than if you just went out and found the boat that suits your needs that's in sailing condition.
Whichever you choose to do it's good to have you posting.
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