I have been like many newer peeps a long time lurker here. Of all the boards I read routinely this board always seems to impress me with its vast knowledge, genuine neighboorlyness (if thats a word,) and lack of drama. I hope to become a part of the membership
, learn by reading/listening to the more experienced, and have a great time sharing experiences.
I must admit I have been a stink pot boater for the better part of my life. Being stuck here in Misssouri, USA doesn't lend much to sailing. At any rate, thats about to change, I plan (oh yes a plan) to become a bigger part of the sailing community. In fact, I was hoping to maybe find some people on the boards here that sail in Missouri on Stockton Lake (one of the better sailing lakes.) The first part of my plan is to buy a cheap
27-30ft sailboat to "Break" my wife in on here in Missouri, back to that in a bit.
A little history
on me/wife first. Me loves adventure, traveling, peacefulness, and meeting good folks. I'm currently a professional pilot by trade
flying the SEA above the SEA. I have been all over the world and the reason we stay in Missouri is for my employment
. My wife on the other hand, loves to travel, going to nice destinations, and meeting good folks as well. However, my wife gets extremely motion sick very easily. So as you see I have an uphill battle in convincing/preparing/changing her that sailing would be something she is interested in doing.
Back to the plan, I have just recently sold our last power boat
. The plan to get into sailing (to include my wife) will start with taking sailing lessons
with my wife here in Missouri. The lessons are more for her to learn, see, do and to hear it from someone other than me. Those lessons are already scheduled, and agreeed upon for this summer. The next step is to find a cheaper $5000-$7500 27-30ft sailboat we can sail on Stockton Lake here in Missouri. The lake should provide us decent sailing waters, and would be best suited for the convincing/preparing/changing my wife's opinion on sailing. After we have done that for a few years I plan to then start looking for a 35-40 ft sailboat to keep somewhere on the South Carolina coast. I am picking that area as we own our own small plane and it can be reached in less that 4 hrs. Once we locate and find a suitable to our needs sailboat (as well all know everyones needs are different) begin coastal cruising on really nice fair weather
trips. The eventual end goal for me is to have my wife become a capable 1st mate, enjoy sailing, the adventure, and leisurely travel lifestyle.
I'm sure there are holes in my plan which will require updating along the way. AND if my wife never does really get a taste for it I will just sail singlehanded and she can stay home.
God lover her though she has always been a really good sport about at least trying though and I know she will do that.
Anyway, I have rambled on long enough, I look forward to reading more from the more experienced sailors. Also, if anyone here sails
Stockton Lake in Missouri I would be interested in chatting about the atmosphere of the lake.