Originally Posted by nzmal
Hey thomm225... lol to the last comment.
We're actually pretty competent sailors. .. heaps of racing
and we've done some 3 week cruise holidays with our 2 kids
on the Noelex 22..
I've grown up dingy sailing, Jo has done some offshore
multi day passages. The cruising decision is pretty solid. It's 3 years until we can do some extended cruising
though and we've sold the 22....
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Hopefully you can adjust to full time cruising.
I lived along the Gulf Coast
for years and heard stories like yours many times.
Lots of folks do actually start the cruising life but many do not last long.
I've seen one couple last 6 months before they sold their boat and moved to Maine
. This after years and years of planning to cruise (on their late model Catalina
Another guy last 3 months after selling all of his "onshore" belongings only to return and have to start over.
He had taken several sailing vacations where he would cruise across the Gulf from Pensacola
to the Tampa Area or south to the Day Tortugas and back.
He took the sailing vacations (with his girlfriend) on his beautiful Cape Dory
30 (with wooden wheel
He later became a liveaboard
and bought a Tayana 37
even though we all lived about 150' from the dock
anyway. Sadly the Tayana was destroyed after he gave up cruising while it was on stands in a boat yard during hurricane
Ivan ....a cat 3/4. It got knocked off the stands. no insurance
Quick note on the girlfriend. They had a fight, broke up, then she bought a newer model Hans Christian 33 (w/maroon sails) and parked it at a dock
40' from his late 60's model Tayana. She then started dating the broker that sold it to her. Ouch! She's back to a twin engine power boat
last I heard.
I'm just thinking a well built 30' boat that I believe you could easily buy for $20,000 would get you started cruising and you might be able to use it for a few years while checking out the other boats and deciding if the cruising life is truly for you.
No pressure like having invested $130,000 in a boat and not using it