It all started a couple months ago when my wife said, "We should sell the house one day, buy a boat, and live aboard". Since then I've been googling my butt off, yet the 'big day' is at least 15 years in the future...
We're just learning
what's available out there, and the endless possibilities are mind boggling to say the least! So far, cat's with daggerboards in the 35 to 40 foot range, or a Roberts Spray 400C (motorsailer) junk rig
seem to appeal the most. How's that for narrowing down the choices
We have no experience sailing, but have spent a lot of time sea kayaking. Our biggest trip was spending 6 months along the coast of BC. We took 2 months going from Kitimat to Bella Bella from mid October to mid December, left our boats there until spring, then paddled to Vancouver on another 2 month leg. We got our kayaks back north, then took 2 months to paddle from Prince Rupert back to Kitimat during the fall months.
That was before the full time job, the mortgage, and our daughter.
Being able to beach our boat is an important thing for us...must be a hold-over from kayaking I guess. We intend to use our boat as a base camp from which to hike and photograph beaches, up rivers, creeks, and mountain ridges on BC's coast. We found so many amazing places in areas like the west side of Porcher Island on Hecate Strait, or around Cape Caution with small protected bays or pocket beaches that dry out at low tide. We want to find and explore more. That's not too much to ask of a boat, eh!?!
So, that's me. I've had enough of lurking and will be jumping into the fray from time to time. Thank's for having me aboard!!!