My sailing experience has been completely backwards. I am hoping the kind people on this forum will set me straight.
Until last September I had only spent a handful of hours on a sailing vessel. Last year, the company I worked for went bankrupt and I found myself unemployed. I friend of mine asked if I would help him deliver a 46' Formosa
from New Zealand
to the Philippines
for a colleague of his. There would be three of us, myself, my friend, and someone from Fiji
that was familiar with this boat.
The boat had been sitting for a year and needed a bit of work before we set off. After a few test runs we were underway, but the boat was sneaky. It only presented to us one problem at a time. By the time we reached the first island, my friend had run out of time and needed to fly back to get to work. He left me (gulp) in charge. I was decent at navigation
. I am a pilot. My newfound Fijian friend was good with an engine
. We somehow muddled our way to the Philippines
after many mishaps...including an SSB
that stopped working, the ELT antennae rusting off, and the cable from the wheel
to the tiller breaking....oh, and no working autopilot
. We hand steered the whole way.
Foolhardy though it was, I loved the whole experience. I want to sail again, but this time know what to do before I get into trouble. No more running down below to page through a "Sailing for Dummies" book every time there is a problem.
I am currently landlocked, but will be moving to DC this summer and hope to be buying
a boat to liveaboard
with my boyfriend on the Chesapeake.
We've got a fairly tight budget
, so I am still trying to find just the right boat for us. Maybe an Allied
or Bristol somewhere between 30' to 40'? Any and all suggestions, comments, criticisms are welcome.