I lived on Kwajalein for a couple years in high school
between mid '94 and mid '96. That's where I had the first interest in sailing. Friends of my parents at the time had a sailboat at the local yacht club and invited us to go sailing along the Eastern chain of islands. I had a great time. Wanted to sail ever since. Of all the places I've lived from my dad being in the military, Kwaj was the ONLY place I ever liked. Kwaj is also where I first got into Amateur Radio
that got me to where I am in my own military career (with a few more years till retirement
But, like others have said, Don't try putting your entire budget
into the boat purchase
. There are a lot of good solid boats made for different things. Some are good for coastal cruising and others are made to cross oceans. The archives
here have loads of information to research
with different types of boats, and plenty more on how to do maintenance.
So nice the boat owners there would be willing to show you the maintenance piece. Hands-on training is always helpful.
I miss Kwaj. Have fun out there.