TL,DR - I'm a 26yo IT Consultant in California
who plans to be living aboard
a Catalina 30
within the next 12 months. I'm stoked, and look forward to getting to know everybody. The cruiser community is a special one, and I can't wait to join you out there.
I recently got the idea in me to live aboard a sailboat. I'm reading a few books
, like the Essential Guide for Liveaboards and one about buying
your first sailboat, I forget the name. I've never set foot on a sailboat. I've actually never been on a boat in the ocean before. Maybe a ferry
when I was younger.
I'm going to pick up a Lazer start learning
to sail this spring. I'm signing up with the ISPA and I'll be taking some classes
with them as well as from the Coast Guard. In the meantime, I'll keep my eyes open for the right boat that I can live aboard and eventually cruise
in. I've got my heart set on a Catalina 30
. MkII if I find the right deal. Most likely it will be a MkI.
Luckily my good friend and roommate grew up sailing in the Boy Scouts and then Eagle Scouts. He grew up in Lazers, and spent some time solo-sailing J-boats around the BVIs when he was a teenager. He's stoked I'm doing this and can't wait to teach me everything he knows.
When I find the right deal on a Cat30, I'll be working on it somewhere local here. My roommate was helping me out the other night, playing devil's advocate with my new dream in life. He said instead of saving up to buy a boat that is fully outfitted, I should buy a boat with a sound hull
, but needs an overhaul
. I'm mechanically inclined and the thought of undertaking a project
the size and scope
of restoring a sailboat is very exciting. That way, I'd know every fastener, every through-hull fitting, every critical part of my boat is up-to-spec. I'll be very familiar with every system on the boat, and all of the equipment
will be new. I figure that'll give me peace of mind, the best bang for my buck and a fun project
to work on in 2011, with a whole new adventure starting at the end of it: Cruising.
Anyways, I'm rambling. That's the plan so far. Learn to sail, keep my eyes peeled for the right 30 to fix up and live aboard. Start cruising Spring/Summer 2012. An old friend of my mom's is already a liveaboard
in the SF Bay
, and is looking to transfer his slip late 2011. Since I was inspired to live aboard a sailboat, it seems like the Universe is pushing me towards it. Everything is signaling that this is the right move. I'm stoked.
I look forward to getting to know y'all, and learning
a whole heckuva lot from you.