I've been lurking around here, reading some threads of interest, and I figured I might as well join up and be a bit more proactive in my learning
. From what I've read so far, this definitely looks like the community for me.
A little bit about me...I'm turning 50 later this year, have never owned a boat, and I live 2.5 hours away from the nearest ocean access. But in the last six months since losing my dad, I've made a few decisions about what I want (and don't want) to do going forward. I don't want to work until I'm 63 just so I can afford to continue to live my current
lifestyle in high-cost-of-living California
. I've started to downsize, simplify, and plan for retirement
at 55. Conveniently, I've also become single
again in the last six months, so I can make those type of decisions now.
Anyways, as I started looking at the places I'd want to live, I started warming up to the idea of living aboard
, and cruising the western Caribbean
in the process. I spent a week living aboard
a sailboat (docked) last year when I visited Seattle
, it was an AirB&B rental, and I loved the experience...I've always loved boats and being on the water
So I've begun my so-called 5-year plan...only because I need to work another 5 years to hit the pension number that I feel comfortable with. At that point, I'll also have a couple hundred $K in starter cash to buy a boat and outfit it suitably. I know next to nothing, at least nothing from first-hand experience...but I am a relentless researcher and I have some time to educate myself. I plan to start by taking sailing courses and getting some certifications. Outside of that, I will be here, reading, reading, and reading....I may even ask a few stupid questions from time to time. Any and all words of advice will always be tremendously appreciated. Thanks, and happy to be here!