Thought I'd take the leap and post our introduction
. This site is great and is fueling our desire to return to cruising. We lived aboard our Catalina
34 '98-'99 (Long Beach, CA) while I finished school
(late bloomer graduating at 38) then spent a fabulous year in Mexico
before selling our boat to an Oregon-based gringo with a winter house in Mazatlan. Our original plan was to then purchase
in the PNW and spend a few years in the waters between Seattle
before heading back to warmer waters. We ended up purchasing
a piece of property here in Central Oregon
, building a house, etc. As we say, "life took a hard right turn." But we miss cruising, and despite all the benefits of a stick house, we agree that simply living on a boat--or should I say "living simply on a boat"--even in the middle of an urban area, is the best life-style we've ever experienced. So, we're heading down to Oakland this month to the StrictlySail show to make some decisions...
I just read the thread about "age" so would like to add a little detail about us for anyone questioning their ability based on age, or other "issues". My husband uses a wheelchair and I have a strong tendancy to seasickness but we found cruising very do-able. We divided up the boat chores a little differently than most couples--he took longer watches due to my seasickness and I cleaned to bottom of the boat--it all works out when you work as a team and don't "keep score". The great things about cruising, those I miss the most, are the complete beauty of sailing, the required interdependancy we had on each other on a daily basis, and the knowledge that at the end of the day, for better or worse, we'd really LIVED and SHARED that day.
We're still in the decision stage of whether we can really go out again but whether we do or not, our three years aboard Cynosure will be three of the best years of our life.
We adopted a saying in Spanish that we carved into the cement of our garage: "Nunca se sabe" -- One never knows.
Hope to get out there again,
Lori and John