I am a software engineer
and IT consultant that has become increasing disheartened with his present lifestyle and is thinking of changing it all by becoming a live-aboard and spending the rest of his days traveling around visiting places that he's always wanted to go.
Part of the reasoning for my change is that I also suffer from Social Anxiety and prefer my own company to that of other peoples. I can interact perfectly fine with people from a distance or via radio
, telephone, internet
, etc... but being surrounded by lots of people scares the feces out of me. I am currently classed as mentally disabled because of this, which although I don't agree with... ESA/DLA is the only income
I currently have due to not being able to work/function well around others
This will be a MAJOR change (and challange) for myself and I will most likely need some pointers in the right direction, along with a kick up the mule sometimes.
I start my "voyage" of learning
in probably the wrong place by looking at cheap
boats that "I" can afford (think upto £5000). My list of things on a boat that Im looking for (in order) are currently:
* Single-handable (lifestyle)
* Ocean-capable (lifestyle)
* Sailboat (cost)
* Diesel engine
* Fibreglass/GRP (safety, incase the worst happens)
Does this look like a decent starting list, or am I missing something?
I envisage living at the marina in Preston, UK to start off... this is because the boat will be being bought for me by a friend and I will be able to rent it from his company. Once the rent has been enough to pay him back for buying
the boat, he will sell me the company that owns the boat thereby bypassing the charges for re-registering a boat to a new owner.
I have been told by my friend that I need to attend RYA courses in order to be able to get insurance
for the boat, does anyone know the vailidity of this information and what courses I need to progress through in order to be allowed to sail anywhere I choose (oceans, international destinations, etc)?
Also, as soon as I leave the UK... I will no longer have an "income" and will need to be able to survive on next to nothing. Is this possible? ...and what are the alternatives that come to mind for someone intent on living aboard
I have loads more questions as I am completely new to sailing/boating but hopefully one day I will have learned enough and become experienced enough to offer assistance in return... or just to get to know some of you offsite.
If I can help with any IT issues in the meantime, please let me know