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Old 16-09-2008, 18:32   #1
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When can I go?

Hello all. I am new to the forum and a quasi-novice sailor. I hail from the great city of New Orleans. I am only 26 and already counting the days (nd dollars) until I can cut ties and experience the adventure I have been reading about for years.
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Old 16-09-2008, 19:05   #2
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welcome to the Cruiser's Forum

Hi Nola Sailing

Welcome to a great on line forum. You'll find all the encouragement you'll ever need here, plus lots of technical know how from very savvy and passionate boaters.

Don't miss the search engine. This forum is close to a Wikkipedia of sailing with all the talent posting info here. Can get very technical on many of the posts, but lots of fun and folly here too.


So how many days are you counting till you follow your dream? No need to wait if I can give some free advice. If I could turn back time, 30 years almost to be as young as you again, I wouldn't wait. Go for the gusto.

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Old 17-09-2008, 12:47   #3
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Aloha Nola,
Hope you did ok in the last couple of hurricanes that came through! Welcome aboard.
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Hey NOLA! its possible! I am 27 and getting married in november then heading to the bahamas for 6-7 months. I wish there where more young people out there. (no offense to anyone out there)
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Old 17-09-2008, 14:32   #5
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I know the feeling

I know the feeling. I'm 27 and also counting the days and dollars. Right now the plan is save up and cast of at age 55 with enough to live off interest alone. I now thats not as exciting as sailing for a few months and work for a while and sail some more but what can I say I don't think I would enjoy that very much. It might be 28 years from know but when the mrs and I set off we won't have to come back and I find that very appealing. Maybe we can meet up in 25 - 30 years and have a beer.
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The sooner you go the easier it is. At a young age ,27, you can put up with more discomfort. Later in life what happens to most is. They need more comfort, the newest gadget, watermaker, and the list keeps growing. Most never leave.

Having a life long plan is great. I have seen too many have that plan, and then their health gives, or their strength. Take a couple of years while your young, and then build a career. The rewards of knowledge will be much more appreciated, and the WHAT IF'S a whole lot less if something goes wrong with the plan.......BEST WISHES in everything you do.....i2f
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I know the feeling. I'm 27 and also counting the days and dollars. Right now the plan is save up and cast of at age 55 with enough to live off interest alone. I now thats not as exciting as sailing for a few months and work for a while and sail some more but what can I say I don't think I would enjoy that very much. It might be 28 years from know but when the mrs and I set off we won't have to come back and I find that very appealing. Maybe we can meet up in 25 - 30 years and have a beer.

That's the age I was when I started my plan. I'm 45 now and have the money but not the time. Good luck with it. Make a clear plan and write it down and then make changes as you see they become necessary.
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Old 17-09-2008, 15:11   #8
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Those who are really serious about sailing away will make it one way or another.
My wife and I are doing it. I had gone through a divorce several years back which changed my life completely. I decided my life was now my life and I could do as I wish. Well, I always wanted to sail (extended cruise) so I started planning it. I would have a decent retirement in fifteen years (at that time). I owned a house which would be paid off then, so I only needed a boat.
The plan was to retire sell the house, buy the boat, wave Bye bye, sail away.
Well, along came a lady who said "Can I Go". Hell yes! So we are now retired, sold the house have a 42' Downeaster and are living abord while we complete the minor work necessary to set out.
It's best to have a realistic plan and some means of support, but it's not so hard to do if you really mean it, even on a limited income.
Just close your eyes and take that first step! You'll make it.
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Old 17-09-2008, 15:18   #9
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Thanks all for the input and encouragement. I am definitely aiming to make the permanent switch once my savings take care of themselves. As others have mentioned, I'd like the luxury of not coming back unless I wanted to. Doesn't mean that until then I will hold off on the coastal cruising. A man gentleman needs his fix!!! Just need a good starter boat first...
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Old 17-09-2008, 15:23   #10
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Aloha Nola,
Hope you did ok in the last couple of hurricanes that came through! Welcome aboard.
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JohnL,

I appreciate the concern. New Orleans did just fine during this last bout; especially compared to that one storm who's name we don't mention(we literally only say "the storm"). Just loss of power for most people. I haven't been out to the marina, but I'm sure the fleet had its usual knicks and scratches.
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NOLA sailing, I have read or heard (and I can not remember from where or when)
"GO SMALL - GO SIMPLE - G0 NOW"
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NOLA sailing, I have read or heard (and I can not remember from where or when)
"GO SMALL - GO SIMPLE - G0 NOW"
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Go big enough to be comfortable. Whatever you need for comfort, it's a good idea to have that much boat. If you have others along and there's not enough space for comfort or temporary privacy in tense times there will be many heated moments. Sail with friends or charter on big and small, then consider the provisions you'll need and the space required for them. You may want to take a few hard to find spare parts, plus emergency items. Keep it minimal but be smart about your needs and the boat size will work itself out.
We moved from a 3 bedroom house to a 42' sailboat. You would not believe how hard it is to let things go. A 42' boat is rather comfortable, untill you get in a storm and things get tense then it becomes a very small cork, and heaven forbid someone get angry 500 miles out! You will need some private space/time occasionally.
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G'Day Nola,
I'm backing the majority in wishing you well and urging you onward to get off and out as fast as you possible can.
Good luck and keep us all posted.
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