Greetings Ladies and Gentlemen of the CF! I"ve been lurking for about a month now so I thought I would register and introduce myself.
I am a 25 year old with dreams of cruising someday, preferably sooner rather than later. Right now I'm about half-way through graduate school
in astronomy, working my way towards a PhD. In a way, my field of study inspires my dreams of cruising, in that I would love to navigate my way across the sea with only the stars to guide me. No wait, no maybe's here, I derived celestial navigation
from scratch while bored during undergraduate lectures.
I love the stuff.
Anyway, I'm not keen to interrupt my studies to go cruising, and I'm also at least two hours from the nearest coastline, so I will have to wait at least until I graduate before I can contemplate a multi-week cruise
(not too mention having sufficient funds to do so!). My goal is to get my own boat and do serious offshore
ocean-crossing cruising within the next ten years.
I have some dinghy
sailing experience. In fact I own a sailing dinghy
. As much of a dinghy as a grad student can afford. Please don't laugh.
My plan to reach the cruising dream:
0.) Hook up with the university's sailing club to get as much experience in sloop-rigged dinghys as possible. Also try to get involved in boat upkeep and maintenance
. Sail my little dinghy whenever winds permit
1.) get certified through ASA104 this summer with an "instant bareboater" course
2.) bareboat charter
for a week at least once a year, to make sure that my skills and interest are still there. Or alternately sign up for crewing offshore
vessels or some such
3.) Get a job after graduation and start building a cruising kitty. (option B, screw it all and go straight to cruising after graduation)
4.) before turning 35: Buy boat and go cruising with whatever I have saved for as long as it lasts
5.) settle down. (but keep the sailboat just for fun)
Anyway, hi! Anyone got tips for getting started on the dream?