I've been reading this forum for over a year but have been hesitant to join as I didn't feel I had much to contribute, plus I've seen ya'll can be pretty harsh on newbies. It's been a wealth of information so far though and I appreciate being able to mine this forum for info.
My sailing experience so far has been about 5 years owning a Hobie 16 and Sunfish although I sold those about 5 years ago. I then took ASA
101, 103, and 104 classes
with the intent to charter
in the Caribbean
. For the past 4 years I've been "partnered" with a guy on his Newport
30 on Lake Ray Hubbard in Dallas before my wife and I finally bought our own boat about 2 months ago. We bought a 1987 Catalina
34 on Lake Texoma and absolutely love it!
In the two months that we've owned it, we have refinished the floors, recovered the interior cushions
, and removed the fuel tank
to repair a leak before I reinstalled it. It's a nice boat but we want to make it nicer. We just moved the boat yesterday to a bigger marina on Lake Texoma with an active sailing club and look forward to getting to know other sailors and continue to improve our sailing skills.
We have also done a bareboat charter
in the BVI a couple of years ago when we got engaged and then did a bareboat
charter for our honeymoon last year in Grenada
. Our Goal is to move to a boat as liveaboards in the next 5 - 7 years, somewhere on the coast, and then eventually cruise
Thanks for having us as part of the forum.
Travis and Tara