Just taking a moment to say hello and introduce myself.
I am a 31 year old and I have grown up in Florida
on the gulf coast
near Tampa but now live in Ft Lauderdale where I am going for a Masters degree in Coastal Zone Management. I was in the US Army's 82nd airborne as an infantry soldier from 98-02. And now to the real reason I am here.
I have always been around boats and the ocean and both are at the core
of my heart. I have always dreamed of owning my own sailboat and the freedom it affords. I have sailed before with friends and have always found something magical about it. I have also always had an interest in and have always enjoyed restoring things, mainly cars to this point. So I have decided that I want to bring these two passions together and bring this dream to fruition by purchasing
an older boat that needs some TLC and completely restoring her custom to my specs. I just think that sailing a vessel that I have totally customized and put my time into will add to the overall experience. I have a few years before I graduate and hope to land a job someplace like the Caribbean
or South Florida
and so my goal is to have a boat ready by that point so I can sail to my new port of call. I hope to gain some good information through the process of choosing the right vessel for me, restoring it, and learning
the ropes of sailing as I tune my abilities from mate to captain
. I look forward to cataloging this experience here and to the feedback from the wealth of information that seems to contained herein. Thank you and I look forward to seeing you on the water
and far off ports