Greetings, fellow Forum Members!
My husband and I live in coastal NC and are beginner sailors. We own our own business which allows us to live anywhere as long as we have a high speed internet
connection, and our goal is to buy a sailboat and start with easy coastal daytrips and short cruises and eventually be skilled enough to spend half or all of our time living aboard
. We are primarily interested in coastal cruising... we have no desire to sail around the world or do a lot of extended bluewater cruising, although something like a trip from the Keys to the Dry Tortugas
, or NC to Bermuda
may be in the cards in a few years once we are something nearer to competent.
Right now we are very much in the learning
phase, and our plan is to take the ASA
courses to allow us to bareboat
to gain experience, and find the right boat for us, which right now we are inclined to think would be a pilothouse, perhaps a Nauticat in the 33-38 ft range.
I have lurked about on the forum off and on for a few years, but thought I'd introduce myself now that we are getting more serious about moving forward.
I would love to hear from anyone who works remotely from aboard a moderate-sized boat, especially about high speed internet
(the discussions I have seen so far seem to focus on sat phones and email
... we require more bandwidth than simple email
, and while phone
is certainly a consideration it is not our primary concern.)
My other near-term question is this: for a couple who is just learning
, given the choice of the Chesapeake Bay
(based in the Hampton Roads
area), the North Carolina
coast (based in the Southport/Wilmington area) or the Gulf (based somewhere between Sarasota
and Ft. Myers), what would your recommendations/observations/cautions be? Our impressions so far are that NC's coastal areas and sounds are the most difficult for the inexperienced, Chesapeake Bay
would be in the middle, and the Gulf (in calm weather
- we've lived there and are aware of the near-daily thunderstorms in summer) would be the easiest. Am I off base in that assessment?
Thanks in advance for any thoughts you can share!