Iíve been lurking on here for a while, taking advantage of the amazing knowledge base of the cruisers forum to plan out my dream after I retire. The original plan was to retire in Brisbane
, Aus and buy a powerboat cruiser and boat around the Moreton bay area and trailer the boat up and down the east coast
. I was in Oz this summer and visited a couple of boat brokers just to have a look and introduce my wife to the plan. She was not all that keen, but let me do some dreaming. At the last broker the guy asked if we had sailed and talked about how it isnít that difficult and there are plenty of opportunities to learn. He was a fountain of knowledge and had some great stories and we ended up listening to him for almost two hours. That got me thinking. Upon returning home I spoke to a colleague who does bare boat cruises and is planning on buying
a yacht when he retires. It got me thinking some more.
I then started to do some research
and stumbled upon the forum. Iíve read some great stories and Iím living vicariously through the forum posts. One night my wife asked what I was doing so intently on the computer and I told her I was looking up different used yacht prices and comparing specifications. I then said it might be a good idea to buy a boat in the Mediterranean
, spend six months there, then sail to the Caribbean
by way of the Canary Islands to St. Lucia, then through the canal, cruise
the west Mexican coast and then head
to the Marquesas
and eventually get to Australia
the Whitsundays. She thought that was a great idea. What? Agreeing with one of my plans, that never happens! I then showed her some boats and she was even keener. Wow, Iím on to something here!
My plan as it stands is to do a competent crew/day skipper
course late this coming summer and then a few charters over the next couple of years. I had planned to work another five years but I donít know if Iíll last that long! Even though Iím from land locked Canada
Iíve always been drawn to the sea. I spent five yrs in Aus, doing lots of scuba diving
and going on a few trips to the outer reefs
. The only things Iíve really sailed are a few laserís and hobie cats, but Iím technically minded and I think Iíll take to sailing fairly well. Iíve got openCPN
and Iíve started to plot some routes and dream!
So Iíll continue lurking, reading posts and hopefully one day Iíll add a boat and a boatís name to my bio. Iím tending towards considering a 40-45 ft monohull
, mostly because Iíve never been on a cat cruiser. Perhaps when I get to charter
I should try a few different things.