I have been lurking here for a few months, just reading stuff about sail boats, maintenance
, live boards, looking for crew (where I have actually found my captain
who is teaching me how to sail) and other parts
of this website. I just have to say, this website is huge and has tons of knowledge and I love spending my days on here just reading articles on boat maintenance
, and people looking to do the same dream that I wish to do one day.
A little bit about me, I am 25 years old, going to school
for a job in the medical
field. I have been looking (more just researching on craigslist and yacht world) for boats for a live aboard which is my altemut dream. Growing up in southern California
I have always loved the beach and the ocean, I find that when I am stressed, depressed or just not happy with life, I can go to the beach, and just the waves, and the birds relax me. I have always been drawn to the ocean, but it wasn't until about six months ago that I came to realize how much I depend on it to make me happy. I always planned on living a simple life, was actually looking into buying
a small ranch house in Utah with 5 acres or so and living off the grid growing my own veggies, and raising some chickens and such. But then one day I saw a video I am sure you have all seen it, "Twenty Eight Feet- Life on a Little Wooden Boat" <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/syJXrbWU1Aw
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This is the video that really made me look into sailing. I just love how simple his life is, and how he is actually part of the boat, and also the ocean. So that is my story and what brought me here.
I am still learning
about boats. I thought I knew what a sloop
and a ketch
where until I saw a boat that had both sails
that a sloop
and a ketch
would have. I have read "The essentials of Living Aboard
a Boat", and today just bought "The sailors Hand Book, The Essential Sailing Manual" and "Your first Sailboat" and I still have a ton to learn since I have only been sailing once
I do know though, I want a boat in the 28' to 35' max range. I will be sailing by myself. I do want to get my open water scuba diving
cert. to be able to scuba
dive of course, and also help clean up the bottom of the boat. I have found a few that I really liked, but I am still in the saving stages at this point, so I have to hold off on buying
a boat for a year unless someone is willing to take payments.
My dream of course is to go sail the world, who doesn't have that dream? But when I buy my boat, weather
it be in California
, or Florida(might move there in a year to live/buy my boat) I will still be working for the next 5 years while I fix her up, make her just right for me, and sailing across the ocean. I wanted full keel
, but some guys have said that a keel
fin will work too which I am sure would but again research
will come into play. I plan on (when I do shove off I do get a $836 check a month for life) I will be sailing the Florida
Keys/Caribbean/Central and South America
just seeing the different islands, and learning
the different cultures. I then would love to go sail the Atlantic Ocean
, into the Mediterranean
and sail there for a few years visiting the different countries, culture. I don't really want to do the tourist thing, I rather just hope off my boat, and just go see some places have a meal maybe at a little small restaurant, they are always the best, and then that would be it. I would love to go visit the country side of Italy
and visit Ireland
though for sure. But from there back to the Caribbean
, for another few years then off to the Pacific though the panama canal
, which I have heard is expensive. Then hitting the islands to Hawaii
then off to New Zealand
where maybe I will retire and just live it out there, or go to Asia
. I haven't thought that far, because that is decades away.
I know that was a lot of information, I am taking the right steps I assure you. I have been saving money
for my boat, taking lessons, joining a Sailing Squadron, to learn about marine electrical
maintenance, and everything else. I am not trying to rush into this even though it sounds like I am.
Anyways I look forward to learning from you guys, and can't wait to know more about sailboats!