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.
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,