Lifelong power boater... mostly Lake Michigan, but some time on the Gulf of Mexico
First job at age 12, was first mate on a Salmon Charter
boat in my home town. Lived all my summers on our families' boats, vacationed on the boat to Mackinaw and surrounding islands every year thru my teenage years...
Graduated H.S and went into the Army, got out a few years later, and bought a 35 Chris Craft Roamer which I lived on for 2 years.
Have owned boats from 8'- 35' (all power, with the exception of a 14' Sunfish sailboat) I have piloted power boats up to 48', and done all the associated maintenance
along the way, from wood and brightwork, to re-powering, replacing outdrives, to electrical
We just sold our 30' Sea Ray
Weekender, and my wife and I are toying with the idea of switching to a wind
As a kid, I was indoctrinated against sailboats, (for whatever reason, I am not exactly sure) but somehow now the idea of silently harnessing the natural energy of the wind
appeals greatly to me. (Might have to do with the fact that I got into surfing 7 years ago, and the simplicity of flowing with the natural energy of the water
has opened my eyes to other possibilities in boating)
I don't even know if I will like it, but I am open. (I think I will love it)
I have been saturating myself with everything I can find online (reading, youtube, etc...) trying to get up to speed on terms, boats and sail types, etc...
Pouring over classifieds looking at floor plans of different boats, and just generally getting the feel of the sailing/cruising community.
I will be in FL. this spring break (wife is a teacher) and friends of my parents are going to take us out on one of their sailboats in the Gulf (either a 30 or 34 Catalina)
This will be our first time on a sail powered vessel, bigger than the sunfish.
So is it possible that we can make the transition from power to sail???
Lots of reading to do yet ...
Thanks in advance for all the wisdom shared here,