By the mid 80’s I had sailed a bit and got the bug and bought an 18’ Westerly that was a wonderful little boat. Once I sailed it for a week (cruising I thought) the Tampa Bay area down to Sarasota
and back with a friend. I took a sailing course on a 41 Morgan
. I sailed a 32 Cheoy Lee
in exchange for maintenance
. I did crew work on a 95’ “yacht”. Just a little here and there over the years.
I wanted to cruise
. I read many books
and magazines and a lot of Dutton’s, Slocum, “Heavy Weather
Sailing” etc. I never pursued it. Couldn’t afford it.
I said “I DO” and most of the sailing/cruising dreams started to fade away over time with the “American Dream”…….house, kids
, sports, Boy Scouts, work, on-call, etc etc being the replacement.
My last child is almost 18 and will start his senior year in high school
this August and I now have the cruising “fever” again. It is really bad. OMG is it bad!
I have been lurking the internet
for a while and have done what I did in the 80s. I pretty much know which (I think) boat I want. I also think I know much of the outfitting I want too. In the 80s it was a Lock Crowther (sp?) 41 cat. He was 6’4’ too and made the berths to match. I wanted that………oh yea! I even visited one being built not far from me one weekend!! OOHHHHHH!!!!! At least I know I want a cat. Now, exactly which one………Hmm…
I have found I cannot ask because it is such a personal choice. All are the best. None are really that good. So I will be at the next Miami
show and look at them all side by side.
I have read most boards and many, many threads recently and am relearning that it is much like having children
. One can never afford them, yet one does. With children
it is a natural sense of necessity. With a boat for cruising it is a sense of need. Some say a want but I know the vast difference between needs and wants. I do not know exactly how I will do it but I may actually try this time. I feel I need to. Not exactly sure what I need to prove but I feel the need (a raging fever), again.
I have read with particular interest the threads on cost………..that is not true. I have read almost all of them with particular interest. There is still no answer for all the questions. Particularly on cost – recently insurance
, both healthcare and boat, have gone up “a bit” – what to do – Medicaid??? Which wind generator
? The one that uses very common diodes? Which solar panels
. Which controller. AUGHH!!!!!
I even read the one (somewhere recently) where there is a great jumping off point (for the Pacific) in Mexico
I think and that the hard is full of lots of boats for sale
because “they or she decided it was not for them.”
So here I am, late in life for a beginning cruiser with bad knees, a moderately tender
back and a fear that I will die before doing one of the few things I always wanted to do in life before I die. Cruise