OK, my adventure starts here, thank you for your patience and advice.
I lived on an island off the coast of Georgia
for 10 years and I never learned to sail or cruise
but I was infected by the lifestyle from hanging out with Salty Sailors and Shrimpers at the local bars, and I now want to start and join in, something I have always planned on doing.
I am now living near the Gulf of Mexico
, around Cedar Key and I would like to start my adventure but I need some advice. I will take lessons that's for sure but I am trying to figure out what boat would fit my dreams. I am envisioning a boat that I could operate by myself, something that I could stay near the coast, with a cabin
to sleep in, a motor
, but a boat that I could sail southward to the Keys, etc. Again, I am brand new to this so please forgive my terminology or lack thereof.
I don't have an unlimited budget
and I would buy something used and then take lessons on sailing. I have read some books
but I have no practical experience yet. So I am wondering if there is a brand of boat that will be that best to look for when you are just starting. For instance, how large should a boat be for sailing off the coast?
Thank you for any tips and welcoming me to the community.