Is that someone's project
My wife and I debated hard and long on all the aspects of the boats available to us in the area (and there are plenty we didn't look at but we didn't just look at one and buy the first one).
Last night we made a deal with the current
owner of a '79 Venture 25 to buy his boat.
We'll be sailing in the lakes here in Colorado for a couple of years, taking sailing classes
and using our OWN boat rather than renting
- and then we have plans to venture out of Colorado and try some other areas to gain some more experience.
When we're comfortable with sailing lakes, we're planning to take a "live-aboard" cruise
where we can get some ocean training
So - that's the plan.
I've taken a lot of suggestions from folks here and my wife and I aren't dummies - so we'll figure this out.
This past week I spoke to my father. He's almost 73, living in Michigan. Former Marine
, black belt karate guy, was in the Korean war and was awarded two purple hearts and a silver star for bravery in combat action on some damned hill in Korea
.... he said, "You're gonna do WHAT?"
I said, "You want to go Dad or are you telling me this is a stupid idea?"
His answer was, "Hell yes, pick me up when you're ready to sail up here to the Great Lakes! Wish I'd done that..."
Some of my friends that I have known for 30+ years all looked at me with surprised looks and said, "Can I go too?"
The only person who said, "This is a ridiculous idea" was our youngest son (he's 22, 23 in Jan) and he doesn't want to see "things change"
Hopefully, our little plan (which of course I've not laid out in details here, just a quick briefing on it) will meet our needs and everyone's "approval" here.
If anyone has any more advice
... give it up!!