my name is Tox, I'm a 38 yr old artist in NC. Been reading here for around a year now, never posted simply to not be the guy with a dream that's probably not going to happen.
This is happening, I'm committed.
that being said, I have a few friends that are full time solo cruisers, and they've been very convincing over the past couple years.
I've reached a point in my life that I know I'll never buy land, tired of renting
,and have never really been happy on land. When I was a kid in Michigan, I used to canoe down the river any chance I got, sometimes calling my parents 3 days later asking them to drive a hundred miles to get me.
Then after graduation, I joined the marines and started traveling the Atlantic and Mediterranean
ships. In total, made 6 atlantic crossings, 2 in the winter. Not saying that compares at all to a pocket cruiser
, but it let me know instantly that I'm comfortable and happy out if sight from land, and I have seen and can physically handle rough weather
and huge swells. I was at peace out there.
Anyway, fast forward to today.
I've recently purchased a 1961 Sparkman & Stevens design, Ray Green built New Horizon 26. I believe its hull
#61. It's been almost fully restored, new standing rigging
, rewired mostly (I've got question of the quality of the wire used, will be checking it thoroughly). Here's some photos if you're still reading
I've got a Yamaha 9.9, 4 stroke
to put on the transom,and I should be starting my livaboard life tomorrow morning. I'm pretty sure I've planned ahead as much as I can at this point. Never sailed before, but I know boats and understand the physics and dynamics of how sailing works, and am as prepared with as much knowledge as I think I could be for never having sailed. I have about 70 miles of ICW
to run south to get it home, I wont get much of a chance to put up sail anyway on this first trip. I found a nice little cove with 4' in it a mile from work that I'm going to anchor
in. There's a couple other sailboats anchored there, I don't think anyone will give me trouble there
I'm going to spend the next couple months getting it set up with solar
and the necessary gear
for a run to the Bahamas
season winds down, and learning
to sail it.
That's where my life is right now, I'm sure I'll learn a lot more very quickly, and hoping I've already learned enough not to get myself killed or sink my new home.
Thanks for listening to a grumpy bastard babble on, hope to see some of you out there.