Wow, lots of hepful advice
. Thanks. What it boils down to for me is I would much rather have my own Boat and sail single
handed as well, do what I want , when I want and beholden to no one. Thats what I've been trying to acheive. The reality is it's not going to happen like I want it to, so I need to find a way to make some of it happen. I hear you when you say buy a smaller boat and fix it up, I could, I have the skills and if I was 10 years younger and in the same financial position I am now, I might. At this point in my life I have no desire to get into the possible multi-year rebuilding of a Boat. I live nowhere near the Ocean or Marinas
here in Germany
. I am unable to work
a Boat at the same time even if I had a place to do it. I can't spend the limited funds that I have sitting on the hard
. The work
that I do leaves me no time for anything else. I am nose deep in Projects from begining to end, I don't often have the time to vacation
or even be sick. Projects have funding
deadlines and milestones that wait for no man.
The reason I'm looking at trying to do this next year is that my current project
runs until Sept. 2020. After that I am free. Normally I would start looking for another Project
about May or June 2020. Most of my Projects last 2 to 3 years (had one that lasted 7). Once I'm commited, I'm comitted for the duration which means my next opportunity to try and Sail could be 2023-24 and then I'm 59....and am in the same place I am now (with probably a little more money
in the bank). I've got a window where I can try and make something happen. I have enough in the bank that will allow me to Sail a couple of years, when that runs out, well....go back to work, but at least I'll have lived some of my dream. I'd rather have a slice of the Pie than miss out on the whole thing.
I really appreciate the encouragement to buy something small and or a fixer upper but I realistically don't see a way to do it.
Some have suggested Costal or Canal
Crusing....Been there, done that. Other than my passage from NZ to Fiji
and back all of my sail experience has been Costal...either Greece
. It's just not my thing.
The reason I'm fixated on the Pacific Reigon is that it's my favorite place on Earth. I've lived, worked and visited in Fiji
, Rarotonga, New Guinea, Am. Samoa
, and I loved them. I love the People, the Culture, the sounds , smells and tastes. I have even made arrangements that when I pass, my Daughter will take my Ashes to Fiji and be spread by a a family
I've known there for 30 years. I Love the Region... There are so many more that I want to experience. Never been to French Polynesia
, One of my favorite Belgian singers Jaques Brel is buried on Hiva Oa, always wanted to visit his grave. Easter Island..man...I read Kon Tiki and Aku-Aku when I was about 12 and it's been a dream destination
for me since. Pitcairn...wow, what history
buff wouldn't want to visit there...
For me it's about more than just getting a boat and sailing across the Pacific to end up in NZ or Oz at the end of the Season. It's about finding and exploring those last wild unkown places in my head
....and there just happens to be no better way to do this IMO than a Sailboat...
Ann, to answer your question "Some potential skippers may be concerned about your diabetes. If your normal dietary precautions stop working on a passage
, what is the backup plan?"
I'm Type 2 Diabetic, Which means I have an Insulin Resistance, my body doesn't absorb and breakdown Glucose as well as non Diabetics. Hence I limit my Carb intake so the Insulin in my body doesn't have to work as hard. If I'm forced off my Low Carb diet (which happens sometimes when I'm travelling) it just means my Glucose levels get raised. Over a short term (a few months) it's not that bad, it's long term high Glucose levels that'll get ya. Non Injecting Type 2 Diabetics (of which I am) can't have hypoglycemia (low Blood Sugar) like Type 1 and Type 2 Injecting Diabetics. If I wanted I could take a Metformin Pill twice a day as a prophylactic against higher carb intake. I don't at this point want or need to take any medications as I have non Diabetic Blood Sugar levels (HB1Ac of 5.6 from my last 3 monthly test) from my LCHF/Keto Diet. I've maintained this level (5.5-5.9) for over 3 years.
Any potential "Captain" who would take a little time and Google
Type 2 Diabetes would quickly see that it's not a dangerous medical
condition when properly controlled. I imagine there are more "Captains" out there with clogged arteries that are in far worse condition than I am.