My name is David. I'm active duty USN training on Coronado Island and I'll likely be permanently stationed here at the completion of my training.
Which is why I've been lurking here some months: instead of living in the BOQ on base or at some rundown place in Imperial Beach, I'm seriously considering living aboard
(Fiddler's Cove at NAB Coronado has options for me). I'm just trying to absorb as much knowledge as I can so I can find the right boat when the time comes.
I own next to nothing (I can put all my possessions in the trunk of my VW hatchback) and I like it that way, so living on a boat shouldn't be much of a stretch in terms of stowage or space. I eat simply, and often will be going to the mess on base anyhow...so I'm not looking for a gourmet kitchen. A small refrigerator
and a couple of burners would be sufficient for me. I am, however, a clean freak, so a nice head
(not a porta-potty - this is a dealbreaker for me
) with a decent shower
is required. Mostly, I'm looking for a good, clean, smallish boat.
But the big reason I want a boat is to sail, obviously. With my hectic training and deployment schedule, I won't have the luxury of picking which days I sail, so something that can move in light winds is huge to me - I DESPISE motoring. Max speed is fun, but not as important as moving in light wind
. It also needs to be something I can singlehand. I won't be doing bluewater - at most a little jaunt up and down the coast for a few days.
I can't afford it, but I'm enamored of the Dragonfly line (especially the 35), so you can see where my uninhibited head
goes. My REAL budget
is somewhere in the 60-75k range, so multis (though I love them passionately) are pretty much out of the picture for a while.
I've been looking at Beneteau
, Elan (if I could find one in the US), but I'm honestly not sure which are better for what I'm looking for.
Good to meet you all, I'm learning
a ton reading your conversations!
Any advice about which directions to look would be well-appreciated.