Ok I've caught the sailing bug after talking to a friend of mine who lived aboard for a couple years in his 20's. Its all I've thought about for the past week. I understand there's a lot of work
ahead of me and this is no small undertaking. Let me tell you my situation and tell you what I envision and let everyone give advice
as to whether or not this is possible to pull off.
Ok first of all I'm 24, I work
for an airline in Puerto Rico
, so my typical schedule is 3-4 days on, 3-4 off, with the ability to arrange a 5-7 day off period once a month, 2 vacation
periods a year which would end up being 14 days off each. I also get free air travel.
So my plan is to buy a sailboat and live aboard
based out of Tortola preferably in Cane Garden bay so I can jump off the boat
and go surf in the morning, day sail when there isn't any waves, and on the longer vacation
around the Caribbean
, stopping in st marten ect. Catch a flight back to PR when I have to work, and I'd be gone for 3-4 days each work period.
Problems, that I've thought of are as follow,
1)I dont know how to sail, thought about possibly going to one of the week-long programs, or trading services, flight instruction, kitesurfing lessons, possibly free airline flights for sailing lessons
. Any other ideas?
2) I dont make that much money
essentially total budget
2000ish a month, so my financing
plan would be to take out a loan make monthly payments on the boat
. But I also don't have any idea the costs of mooring
, or anchoring
in the Caribbean
. Do you need to be docked if your living aboard(for waste disposal etc)? Any other unforeseen financial dilemmas im missing?
3) Can you just leave your boat unattended for 3-4 days, I assume theft and other issues would arise?
I'd prefer to just jump right into the sailing without lengthy maintenance
to a fixer-upper what can I expect a used/livable seaworthy
sailboat start at?
I'm sure i havent even thought of/left out some other problems or possible deal breakers, feel free to enlighten me. My apologies if this all sounds naive I'm still as green as it gets when it comes to sailing. Thank you for any replies.