Zonker; there are a lot of miles between dreaming and doing.
If you were buying
a car or a house, you could reasonably expect to pay the man a pocket full of money
, get in and just go on, but it doesn't happen that way on an ocean. For one, you will know you've just sailed out of sight of land when things you need start breaking right and left. No one is going to fix them for you, and you can't get back to the closest fixer without them.
No experienced cruiser goes anywhere without knowing how to cope with a failure of any essential element. And learning
to cope comes from doing, not reading, especially when half the advice
you read comes from cruiser-wanna-bees who may have read something somewhere and pass it on as gospel.
The truth is you can learn a lot from this and other forums
, but half of it is wrong. The best (and most enjoyable) way to become a sailor is to sail. Nobody buys their last boat first (unless its a terrible mistake!) so just get started. Get a boat, learn it. Get another boat, learn it too. Learn how to fix a head
, change a water pump
impeller, test the connections on radios, service
the winches, sew a tear in a sail, and become aware of weather
patterns. If this doesn't appeal to you, your picture of cruising is highly romanticized, and you will be sadly disappointed!
Take a week or two away from day-trading, and spend a couple of those hard(ly) earned bucks on a charter