Hi to all,
A very nice gentleman that I met at a bar in Ventura Harbor, CA, told me about this website, and I've been monitoring it for the last week now, lurking if you will. I've found massive amounts of useful and enlightening information, and have been reading as voraciously as possible trying to take it all in. I would read 24 hours a day, but that is precluded by my current
I have enjoyed almost all the posts I've read and it's obvious to me that a lot of the folks here have a tremendous store of knowledge to pass on. I was a bit dismayed when one seemingly knowledgeable gent, Sean, posted that it was time for him to move on. I find this terribly disappointing. As President Bush said in his news conference yesterday, we can disagree without being disagreeable. I'm not inviting political comment, or endorsing Mr. Bush in any way, but the point is valid. I have only posted on one website in the past, a forum on alt.com for pipe smokers, back when I could still smoke, and found it to be a wonderful way to meet people of like mind and interests. I trust the forum here will prove to be as enriching and rewarding.
So, here's my story, and I'll try to be brief about it. Grew up in north Florida
close to the ocean, and was around boats most of my early years, did some sailing, but moved to the midwest after college, and was away from the sea for a long time. A few years ago, 2002, moved back to Florida
with my sister for a time, and started sailing again with friends, enough to reestablish how much I enjoyed being on the water
. Moved to California
in 2004, and now live near the ocean again, Ventura/Channel Islands area. Have done some sailing here, and for the last couple of years have been festering the idea of buying
a sailboat, and maybe even living aboard
, if not sooner. I thought I had plenty of time to make the dream happen. I bought sailing for dummies, the complete sailor, and have read a ton on line. I'm not a complete newbie, but lacking in the knowledge necessary to head
out to the Caribbean
on my own, which was my original plan, but am now reconsidering based on the thread about single
Here's where the advice part comes in. I've read a lot of posts, the ones about how much it takes to live aboard, the ones on single
handed sailing, the ones on which boat is best under certain circumstances, etc. I wish I had the time to read every single post and absorb all the information at hand, but I don't and here's the reason.
About 3 months ago I was diagnosed with a kidney disease, MPGN. The docs confirmed I had the disease, but couldn't confirm the cause. Well, 2 weeks ago, they found the problem. I've now been diagnosed with Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph system. I've gone through a bunch of tests, and they are still trying to determine what "stage" the cancer is at. I don't know what the treatment will be or at this point if it even is treatable, that's still to find out. I do know it has changed my perspective on life completely, and has caused me to focus on the realization of my dream now more than ever. It is also the reason I decided to jump in here now, instead of waiting.
So, to wrap this up. I would appreciate any and all advice from any of you out there who has something to share. If you don't want to ramble on in the forum, I invite you to email
me off line. I have no privacy issues, and don't care if the whole world knows my email
I am looking feverishly at boats for sale
. I have read here that 36/38 foot is good for single handing, but I must confess I'm spoiled and would like a bit more room. I've looked at boats in the 46/48 range, and like the extra room they afford below (I'm 6' 1" and hate bumping my head). I also like aft berths and thus would probably go for a center cockpit
. I've researched Irwins, Gulf Stars, Masons, Hunters, Cals, and a lot of others. I would like to know what all of you think about living aboard
, what you would suggest as minimum (essential) equipment
to look for, how I can go about learning
what I need to know in the shortest time. I can probably invest up to 125K in a vessel, and still have money
on, although obviously the less I spend on the boat the more I'll have to do other things. Don't know how long I will be cruising as that is still under consideration.
I don't want to give up the idea, but I don't want to be stupid in how I go about this either. I know I can learn a lot by just soaking up advice, like a sponge, so if any of you have information, knowledge, advice, wisdom, or just plain old ideas to toss my way, have at it. I'm all ears.....to the dismay of some of my past lady friends.
Sorry to ramble on so long, but hopefully everyone here will understand. Looking forward to hearing from everyone.
Fair winds to all ,