We've been thinking about selling upand sailing away for the past 10 years and over the past 5 years have been casually looking at suitable boats that meet our criteria.
Well blow me! (this is not rude it's an English
expression) if we didn't go and buy one three weeks ago at the recent second hand boat show
at Hamble Point marina near Southampton
In a couple of weeks we will own a Moody 471 which has recently retuned from a three year circumnavigation
It's already fitted out with every bit of hardware
and electronic gear
I had ever thought of and some I hadn't.
So now we're committed. Courses on SSB
radios, survival, first aid and finishing off my RYA Yachmaster Offshore
which I started 15 years ago, are but a few of the things we now have in the diary.
As for sailing experience, I've logged over 10,000 miles since starting sailing in 1980 this includes one passage
of 1200 miles from the UK to Gibraltar
and several crossings of Biscay with deliveries. Yes, I know it's not much!
My wife Jane has done the leg from N Spain
(Vigo) to Cadiz plus many miles of general sailing.
I'll be 60 in 2008 and Jane will be 51 in the same year so now seems like as good a time as any to go for it.
There, that's the intro done.
Any suggestions, guidance, do's and don'ts would be gratefully received.
Colin & Jane