Great to hear of your sailing plans. Cruisers forum is a double edged sword as far as advice
goes, but I have been in a similar situation so I hope this helps.
After an injury changing my outlook on life I decided to go sailing instead! We moved to an active sailing community here in Australia
and myself and daughters joined the local yacht club and crewed as often as we could over 2 seasons. We hired a trawler
for a week to see if we liked staying aboard without the hassle of dealing with sails
and rig, we all loved it. I then did my RYA day skipper
, over 6 days and nights on a monohull
. This along with theory nav was excellent. The more I learnt the more I realised I didn’t know...
In August last year I bought a trimaran
and over 3 months sailed to the Bahamas
with my family
and had a great time. The one thing that made it doable was help from the seller at every step of the way, and going through all the systems on the boat
with him after the purchase
. He and family
have become great friends but I’m not sure I could have made it through the many problems I encountered without his help!
However I’m now stuck at home in Australia
and we are heading towards eradication of coved 19. But I fear I won’t be allowed to travel back and forth to USA for a very long time given the rates of infection there. I expect borders may be shut for a long time in some countries and some will open then close again. I would not plan on travelling freely on a sailboat over international borders for at least the rest of this year.
and the Caribbean
are great cruising grounds, my first suggestion would be buy a boat
in your home country in these uncertain times. My boat is now stuck in the Bahamas
season. Get the experience you need now, go sailing as much as you can, things will go wrong that’s part of sailing and you will be learning
As far as insurers go it took a while to find one but they (northern reef) have now gone belly up, our brokers managed to find another insurer but it can be tough.
Most of all don’t give up on your dreams..