Hey! So yeah I've been lurking around a bit as well, this is my first post here. Wanted to share some common feeling. When I was 25 I also bought a sailboat (i am 31 now, getting so old!!) and sailed it a bit.
Was a beat up coronado 25 from 1969. Did a little bit of fixing, but a lot of bit of sailing in comparison. Boat was a couple hours away from my home so I'm still not that great of a sailor but I have fun and its been a great excuse to go out with some friends for a couple days on the water
. Sold that one in 2008 and took a couple years off while going to business school
, but just bought a new boat a 1980 hunter
Back when I had the coronado, I joined a yacht club and it was a great deal. No special price
break, but it was an unassuming club, and had great reciprocal priviledges up and down the Hudson
and out on the sound. Also, mooring
, winter storage
, and launch were all super cheap
. Had annual work hours but that was ok, good in that I met everybody. Learned a lot from all the members. I feel like most people our age who are sailing have sailed since birth. I was the youngest member
in the club (in most cases by 30+ years!), and only then had begun building my experience. Still, everyone was awesome and so helpful. They gave me a lot of guidance to spend less time working on the boat and more time sailing it.
Anyway, I live and sail out of NYC
but would love to hear more about your experiences. I am planning a sail trip out to Massachusetts
sometime in July with my lady, and some friends, so if you and I get to chatting more, maybe we'd stop by along the way in CT and say hi.