When I retire in 10 yrs. my mate and I plan on cruising the Caribbean
and the east and west coasts of South America
for several years on a live aboard. We're both new to sailing and have only limited experience out in open ocean as passengers on charter fishing
No time like the present to start preparing. We both see this as a series of small steps, the first being getting our certifications completed.
As I research
this I've become aware of the ISPA, then there is the CYA, the IYA, the ASA
and perhaps others. What is the difference between the organizations I've listed? The reason I ask is because there is sailing certification
training through ASA
for example in Florida
as well as the Caribbean
where we want to retire to and a training vacation
in a tropical setting sounds much more appealing than the colder inside passages of BC, Canada
. However what's the point if the Certification
we achieve isn't recognized where we live at present and doesn't get us on our own boat here.
Once we achieved certification and confidence to at least bare boat charter
in our own waters, we see ourselves sailing as much as possible each season to build our skills and achieve the competence, confidence and the required training and certifications to make long distance passages. Our plan would follow with the purchase
a smaller 27 - 32' coastal cruiser in two to 3 years, mooring
it somewhere on Vancouver Island or up the mainland coast of BC.
By this time I expect we'll know what we want in a live aboard and will purchase
her two or three years before 'the big day' and begin sailing farther afield, taking longer and longer trips down the pacific coast (if we buy in Canada) or in the Grenadines if we buy there. Still not sure. It's a ways away yet.
We like the idea of setting sail from BC following the North American coastline to Panama
and taking the canal through to the Caribbean and Grenadines or even to linger for a few months the first year along the west coast
of Central and South America
. However, we can be in Grenada
in a day out of YVR. Anyways, that's seven or eight years away and there's lot's we need to do first.
Who knows, sailing or the live aboard lifestyle may not be for us, but I know of only one way to find out...
We'd certainly welcome your feedback and any guidance you would care to share.
Cameron and Isabelle
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