Hello, my name is Anton or Tony, I'm a liveaboard
sailor trying to upgrade to a cruising sailor at the moment...
My first liveaboard
was when a gf and I were on the "outs" in the 80's and I thought I'd spend the weekend on the sailboat...the "weekend" was almost three years long...and it was only a 22' sailboat (SeaStar, looked a lot like an O'Day Mariner).
Work took me into the midwest, I was a respiratory therapist working for a traveling health service
that went belly up, after that I worked doing one thing and another and in 2001 started a little part time internet
business...the whole time I'm thinking that "I've got to start putting some money
away, because I want to retire onto a sailboat some day."
Then my landlord announces he's doubling everyone's rent, I look for another place and everyone else in that small town is doubling their rent too...the local refinery is expanding and everyone's cashing in as they expect the town to double in size...side effect from that hurricane
wiping out the refineries in Texas
years ago, after Katrina.
So, I have only about $6k in the bank and get a wild hair..."I wonder if I can get a boat I can live aboard for that much? Hmmmm"...and the thought of another Wyoming winter up to my ass in snow, while paying NY style rent pushed me over the edge.
Threw away 99% of my crap. Climbed on a bus with two suitcases. Rode
down south and started looking at boats. One after another didn't work out or was just too much of a recovery job for me to handle. Ended up in South Florida
looking at a '77 Hunter
27' (a 'Cherubini' Hunter)...and although I was kind of prejudiced going in, the lines really seemed to please me for some reason, it sat there like a fat little duck on the water
, and seemed to have a lot of room inside. It needed a little bit of everything, and the cabinetry and interior
work was kind of atrocious...but the diesel
ran on the first try, and something about it made me feel like if I gave it some love it would really take care of me. I paid the owner $4k for Wind Dancer
, maybe I should have whittled him down a little more, but I felt I was home and wanted to get down to it.
And, it's a year later that I'm writing this. She's sailing, and although it's not a racer
it's a very sweet little gypsy
boat and good in a chop, been through two good blows with it, and it handles a little rough stuff real well, although enlarging the cockpit
drains is up there on my list. Still work to do, always is...right now the goal is more towards cutting the umbilical cord tying it to the dock
and move out to a more nomadic thing on the hook. My internet
biz is now all I do, and the stress is dialed way waaayyy back...I wanted to retire on a sailboat...well, I'm on a sailboat, and I sure FEEL retired...lol
My next goal is a LD cruise
sometime late fall or winter...I'd like to be wireless and making my own juice, and hop from one anchorage to another, anchor
a week and do my Net biz, sail a week and mess around...hop my way along the coast or from island to island...a preview of years to come...?
That's about all I got going on, strange new life. But I've always been strange to begin with, so there's no adjustment there...lol