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Old 22-07-2016, 12:50   #1
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Greetings!

Iíve been reading forum posts for a few weeks, finally got around to creating an account. Iím very grateful that a forum like this exists. So many of my questions have already been answered by all the very competent and helpful individuals here.

Iím 45. I have a 4 year plan, culminating in the summer of 2020, when Iím going to retire early. Irresponsibly early, according to common wisdom. I wonít be able to afford a condo or house or apartment plus a nice boat, so my plan is to buy a boat and live on it at a marina while I learn.

Something heavy, shallow full keel, around 30í. Something pokey, slow, and safe. Spent some time lusting after boats on bluewaterboats.org

If comfort was my primary goal, I would probably wait another 10 - 15 years. I just donít want to wait a day longer than I have to.

I live in Toronto at the moment. Iím thinking I will move to Halifax in 2020. Liveaboard on Lake Ontario doesnít seem feasible. Halifax does seem feasible.

I havenít sailed. Iíve been on sailboats a handful of times, just for an afternoon or evening. Iíve read a lot about sailing. Still learning the terminology. I bought some cordage to practice tying knots. Iíve played around with a game called Sail Simulator 5.

Geez, I even sound naive to myself. I am obsessed with the idea of living on a boat, my boat, and becoming an expert on every system on the boat. I want to travel without leaving home. I want to be as self sufficient as possible. And weather. I love weather.

Before I discovered liveaboard sailing was a thing, my unrealistic retirement dream was to live in and care for a lighthouse somewhere on the east coast, watching the ships and storms come in.

Anyway, I just wanted to say hi. I donít imagine Iíll be posting much, as I prefer to readÖ and oh yeah, Iím a complete beginner
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Old 22-07-2016, 21:30   #2
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Welcome to the forum. Sounds like you would do well with a Westsail 32.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, DDup.
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Old 23-07-2016, 05:17   #4
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Welcome to the group, but you should stop reading old books
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Welcome aboard. Sounds like a good plan.

A heavy, slow boat is fine, but don't overlook a medium-weight, medium-fast production cruiser. They're slow too, you know.
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Hi DDup and welcome to the forum.

I have to say, I see very often, new sailors that caught the bug and are trying to pick up the basics from reading focus on heavy, slow, full keel boats. On paper that style sounds safer, more comfortable, easier, etc.

Then I see boaters that learned from experience, going out with friends and family, taking classes, charters and other hands on methods more often pick a more modern, moderate design.

Not that there isn't a valid argument for heavy, full keel boats but I would recommend some real world experience before committing either way. No matter what style you finally choose, I will almost guarantee that over time your preferences in boats will change.
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Thanks everyone for the welcome and advice.

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No matter what style you finally choose, I will almost guarantee that over time your preferences in boats will change.
Yep, you could swap out the word "boat" with a lot of things in life. That's certainly been my experience so far.

I'm sure I want to give cruising a try. Beyond that, the details may shift.

For now, I'm going to sign up for some day sails and practical courses.
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