Originally Posted by thomm225
So it looks like this could be your first boat.
And you are thinking about "sailing away" on it and living on it full time
On top of that, you are considering a wooden boat!
That's a lot to learn really quickly.
You are also in transition from the military to civilian life and are seeing exactly what your life might be like...…..which is very similar to many others
I still think the slower route
is best. Get a smaller boat and sail in your area for a few years.
And just to show the strength of an old fiberglass boat check this link if you haven't already.
This old boat has crossed a couple oceans and the skipper
kept himself busy by writing software
for a tiller pilot and for the CPN Free Navigational System.
This is another important thing for would be cruisers to understand. There's a lot of time that has to be passed while stuck on your boat so you need a plan to avoid total boredom.
His goal at one time was to live on one dollar per day while he sailed the world.
This is really sound and practical advise. Im just not that type of person though. I still work on the see one, do one, teach one method I've always trained in. I know quite a bit about doing something like sitting in a hole or tent or other very small featureless place for long periods of time where fun is definitely not the goal. I've spent hours before throwing rocks at a slightly different colored rock and I've lived for years already with less personal space than most cruising couples and vastly more people. I'll be fine with the space and boredom.
I have a couple of things that I want to learn or refine in myself. Ill enjoy the long voyages and privacy to do so. I've got a pretty solid understanding of myself as a person. I miss the military for the caliber of people I worked with and the bonds we forged. I've not had any struglles being a civilian its just boring. At least the boredom in the military was broken up with gun, booms and fast roping from helos. I thought about LEO. But it would have been for the wrong reason. I just like being in high pressure scenarios, I feel my best, I dont have an actual interest in enforcing the law.
Im doing this because I have the time and freedom to do it. In 5 years of service
I only saw shitty countries and airports of nice ones. Now I'm not going to waste my time with some job i dont care about for things I care eqaully little about.
I am very sure I'll be happy living the boat life and if I'm not then I'll suffer my choices until I can make new ones. I would rather forge ahead with full confidence and later regret rather than go about this timidly and never make it anywhere at all. As I've read from many on this very forum, tons of people spend years planning their voyage only to never slip their moorings at all. I'm certainly not putting it off another couple years. I'm not without wife or child because I cant get one. I made a choice to be very careful about who I marry because I only want to do it once and there is more still I'd need to have in order before I want to take on a kid.
to do this alone. Im sure it amazing to see the world with a partner but I'd rather do it on my time and term. I do have very specific private goals associated with this. Besides, (you may call arrogance) I am confident I could lose my boat in some way in most any country (not all) in the world and Ill find my way through life none the less. Harder to be so flexable with a wife and child. This whole adventure I'm on is very selfishly about me.
Also unlike women
I dont have an experation date on knocking someone up and Im only going to get better looking with age if I can judge by my Grandpa, so I'm not worried about waiting a few more years for the family
angle. Again some of you may think this sounds over confident, I do listen to advice
and take it into account, I just never doubt my ability to accomplish the task at hand.
Also forgot to mention I am getting into the local community of sailing around and lining oppertunities to learn small boats and to crew on bigger ones. I am trying to learn as much as possible from all before I venture out truly alone.