Recently found this forum and spent hours and hours reading it last night so thought I'd better do the decent thing and join up.
We are a family
of 4 from the UK, moved to NJ a couple of years ago. My wife and I raced and cruised GP14 dinghies all over the UK for 10 years but another seed was planted in the early 90's after we did a bareboat charter
in the Ionian
. We slowly moved up and bought a small Leisure23SL to take our very young boys out on a few years back. We loved her and sailed the UK East Coast
(West Mersea, Blackwater estuary and points beyond) until the US stint arrived in 2003 and our sailing went on hold.
After a false start late last year trying to buy a secondhand boat here we now have an "opportunity" - my employers have decided to end my contract
early next year. I have taken this as A Sign, so instead of leaping back into the rat race
we are taking the plunge, selling up and plan to buy a new boat and cruise
the East Coast
and maybe Caribbean
or a year or two or until the money
runs out, which is likely. We're mid-40's and our boys are 4 and 6 so we think it's now or never. We are very conscious of our limited experience (no true offshore) but plan to be cautious, starting in Chesapeake Bay
in the spring, limiting to coastal hops and then working up as we get used to it.
I recognise some of the names here from the YBW forum which I've read for years for the humour if nothing else (hi Talbot!) but generally kept quiet. Thanks for all the useful stuff that's on here from everyone, I picked up a stack of stuff last night and just wanted to say thank you, it's all much appreciated by newbies like us.
I don't know what we can contribute except a lot of questions, at least until the house sells and we get cut off from the internet
but anyway, that's us.