Hello from Olympia, WA. I've been reading this forum for a couple of years now and thought I'd officially say hello again now that I bought a boat.
I'm 31 years old and have been sailing on a sailing club's boats (mostly a Catalina Capri
22' and a San Juan
23') for a couple of years and absolutely love it. Last year I decided I was ready to buy one of my own.
I had plans a few times to co-purchase a boat with various friends (most regrettably, a beautiful 27' Pacific Seacraft
Orion), but they kept waffling when it was time to pony up the cash and commit, so I decided to buy one that I can afford on my own right now without depending on anyone else.
Shopped around for a while and looked at a lot of boats feeling wishy-washy about them, but when I found this San Juan
28 my gut said "BUY!!" so I snatched it up (and now own it free and clear, with no dependency on any bank or friends!).
The PO took amazing care of it, spent thousands refitting and upgrading in 2008, and generally loved the hell out of it. I almost feel guilty wanting to change the name to make it my own!
My first big plans are for next year (after a year of learning
and shakedown), a four-month inside passage
voyage from Budd Inlet in the South Puget Sound
to the Queen Charlotte Islands and back (hopefully). Already have the time off approved and three months of it will be on paid vacation
that I've been saving for the last several years.
Thanks everyone for all the great insights and info over the last two years! This forum is fantastic and I hope to be able to contribute more as I become more experienced.