My name is Franco and I live in Austin, TX. I am 37, and I'm married with 3 kids
. I grew up in Argentina
, near Buenos Aires. I started sailing during my teen years. My dad bought a 21 ft sloop
, then a 30, then a 31. We used to race
often in the "Rio de la Plata", sometimes the races were from La Plata to Colonia (Uruguay), Buenos Aires to La Plata, etc. We also used to cruise
to different destinations in Uruguay. Anyway, later on I finished college in Argentina
and moved to the USA, and haven't owned a boat or sailed in several years. The bug is itching me, hard. My wife's only experience sailing was a couple of times that we rented a hobie cat
14 at the beach, and she enjoyed it. The kids
have never sailed.
I'm not too familiar with sailing in this area (Austin, TX). Heck, the only places to sail here are a few lakes that aren't even real lakes. My goal for now is to find and buy a small trailerable sailboat so that we can start sailing on the weekends with the family
. I think something like a "Flying Scot" would probably be ideal. Small enough that I can tow it with my car (I don't have a truck), but big enough to carry a jib
and a spinnaker
If I get the family
hooked on sailing, then I would consider a bigger boat, maybe even move to Corpus Christi. Corpus seems like a nice place to own a sailboat. My long-term goal would be to own a boat big enough to go on some long cruises to Mexico
Well, enough for now. Greetings and happy sailing. I would enjoy any comments or suggestions, especially regarding my next step, which is to find a small boat to teach the family how to sail.