Just wanted to drop in, say hello and introduce myself to the group. Have been stalking these boards for awhile now and looking at various topics and there seems to be a pretty awesome and knowledgable group here.
I do not currently own a boat, but I grew up in Pennsylvania on the Delaware River and thus spent alot of time on boats in my youth. I also was taught how to sail by a dear a friend of mine (who passed away a couple years ago now) and spent many hours on an O'Day 27 and a Hunter
35 back then. Was alot of lake sailing in the O'Day and bay an coastal sailing in the Hunter
It has now been about 15 years since I have sailed - but I have finally convinced my wife that a circumnavigation
is in order - and she agreed! Sweet! So anyway, we're putting together a plan and a budget
to accomplish this - the desire to live the life of a sailing couple, as difficult as it may be, now outweighs the desire to stay ashore and stuck in the rat-race any longer - I am 42 already and want to get underway soon! =) We're looking at about a 3.5-5 year plan for our departure - and about 2.5 years for buying
a boat (boat budget
will top out at about 200 - 250k overall - either sailaway or a bargain re-fit, but of course we will hopefully find something that won't suck up the whole budget, so that we can add some back to the kitty (150k budgeted) to keep us going for the trip. Looking probably in the 40-45 foot range for length.
Anyway, I have rambled enough for this introduction
, but I can blab forever - I am sure you will all get pretty sick of me soon enough! LOL
Fair winds and fine seas!