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