I just saw am supposed to intro myself although have posted a few questions already...
I am 58, just bought a 46' steel
one off "Pionier" and delivered her from Holland
to Brighton in a gale a few weeks ago. Now repairing everything that broke and changing out stuff that simply was not up to world cruising.
Had a beak from sailing since selling my last, also steel
one off, cutter
in 2004 "Paradis Bay". Sailed that boat 15 years, 5 yrs full time, Med, Caribbean
then back to UK, then down to Thailand/Indonesia for a while then single
handed back to UK via Suez.
Spent a few months in the Red Sea, Sudan, Eritrea, Yemen and even Somalia
, beautiful, most of it. Didn't get shot at once.
Anyway, this forum is proving very helpful as equipment
has changed a lot since those days and my new boat is lot more technical than previous one..No AIS
then, and never even used SSB
let alone sat phones and GRIBs..