I'll apologize now for the length of the post....
The wife and I have been browsing around here a bit, and will stick around to see what we can take with us as we move forward. We've both always had a really active travel bug. This has taken us many places, but about a year ago we packed up house, literally, and then sold the house. We considered moving to Costa Rica
, tried a long, live-like-you're-a-local trip and it didn't really fit us. While there, we figured if we could move to CR, we could move anywhere, so now living across the bay from Cadiz, Spain
in Rota. This wasn't such a jump as I spent 20 years in the US Navy
, doing 2 tours here in Rota, so knew the area/culture pretty well.
Long story short....TOO LATE....we're still stuck to a house. We walk the dogs
down to the marina everyday and admire the boats sitting there. We've considered the idea of cruising the world on our own (that active little travel bug) in the past, but never pulled the trigger. Now, we're back at it again as we both love being near the ocean. Me, having spent many, very boring days at sea, know it's not day-in/out excitement, but also know that there's so much to see around the world that we'll never be able to make it to otherwise. So, why not!?
Although in the Navy
for 20 years, my job had nothing to do with sailing knowledge, be it navigation
, engine maintenance
, or anything else....except for some firefighting and damage control practice during drills. I'll be good with comms and radar
, since that's what I worked around for a good part of my career. Otherwise, we're both starting from scratch. We're signing up for a week of sailing classes
locally, then considering some outings as crew to get a better feel, followed or incorporating some lenghtier and more intense RYA certification
courses in the area or over in Gibraltar
Who knows where we'll end up, but will be mostly lurking the forums
here to see what I can skim from the surface. Our initial plans are to spend the next few years saving and learning
, then somewhere along the way we hope to buy our own boat to move on to. Now, if we could figure out how to get a 1600cc motorcycle on/off a boat regularly while traveling....
Cheers to all, and apologies for the lengthy post.....