I've been reading through a lot of the postings on here and learned a ton. I wanted to introduce myself and hopefully to get some advice from those who have "gone before me"...
Born and raised in Kansas (not much sailing there) and recently moved to Washington
State. I've had the pleasure of a couple day trips through Puget Sound
and a overnight trip in Jamaica
and absolutely loved the experience. Unfortunately, that's about it when it comes to sailing experience.
I have 7 years until I turn 45 and have made that my objective to be ready for a full time cruising life with my wife. Initially, we would sail the Caribbean
for 1-2 years before heading to (and hopefully across) the Pacific. From there who knows...
I have some experience with construction, woodworking and electronics
; however, I know very little about sailboats. I am planning on taking ASA
courses this upcoming summer (ASA 101, 103, 104, 105, 106) and continuing the following year with ASA
107, 108 and possibly ASA 118, 119 & 120 if needed.
Additionally, I am planning a Marine Diesel Maintenance
course next winter.
I have signed up as a volunteer crew member
at the local yacht club and talked my way in to some scheduled overnight trips with an employee from West Marine
I plan to buy a small (22-26ft) trailerable sailboat this winter. There seem to be a lot of Macgregors, Clipper Marine, Oday, etc. that can be picked up for $3-6K with trailer and small outboard
. I will also crew, charter
and look at local "for sales" to help determine what we want.
We're DINKs but not wealthy, so money
will be a contributing factor. I have read through the budget
posts on here and saw the $500 a month posts. While I applaud those who can make it happen, I don't think it is realistic for me. I do have some savings and will have some residual income
of approximately $15K a year.
I am planning on purchasing
an older seaworthy
boat. At this time the CAL36, Pearson 365
and the Islander 36 are at the top of my list, but that can (and probably will) change with experience. I am hoping to find a boat on the east coast
(FL?) in the $35-40K range knowing that I will need an additional $10-20K for repairs/upgrades and leave from there.
I know I don't have enough experience to say that the live aboard lifestyle is right for me, but that's what the upcoming years and experience are for...
I look forward to your thoughts, advice, suggestion and recommendations.