Howdy folks! Trying to type this as my 3 yr old girl is doing front somersaults across me between my upperbody and the laptop! Hence the screen
name (Silly C's), and possible future SV name! The 3 yr old's name is Sailor, and her sister Landy is 4. Landy is filling a cup with rain water
coming from the down tube of our home gutter system and using it to fill a large bucket - a future rain water
collector on a boat! My wife is the sweetest thing (When we are friends
) and supports the notion of why I am posting
this first CF post.
As a bit of background:
I am an aviation guy. Own an aviation management and broker company of around 20 aircraft in the Central Texas
region. I am current
on the captain
level flying several times a week (the fun part of the job
), typically light jets and turbo props, I am a flight instructor as well (have taught way more than I'd like to admit on angles of attack and navigation), have owned all sorts of boats to include a Cheoy Lee
in grade school
, a nacra cat back in college, currently a wakeboard boat
(who am I kidding - it's a surf boat), currently belong to Texas
Sailing in Austin (access to several modern mid 30 foot Beneteau's) which we use once a month or so, once a year 6-8 days bareboating chartering with Sail Caribe out of Fajardo, PR (mid 40 foot Jeanneau's and mid 40 foot Lagoons) to tool around the SVI, USVI and BVI
. I do not have any ASA
certs, albeit may someday if insurance
requires, and I love to learn so may tackle these regardless. I do believe my wife would benefit greatly from all of the ASA
certs as she will ultimately become first mate.
So now it appears I am writing a bit of a book here, but I wanted to communicate a bit for those who will chime in. My hope is this is met with encouraging and educational posts.
The 5 year plan
So as I am starting this process during this epic slow period in business due to the Covid 19 crisis, I also wanted to communicate thoughts on "the 5 year plan". in 5 years the girls will be 8 and 9. We aim to homeschool starting at home and flowing into living aboard
. The live aboard plan is to buy a preowned cat in the $500k (ish) (in today's dollars) range from a seller in North America. I would like to "learn the ropes" and gain my experience in 3-6 month increments. We would have a home in Colorado and/or Texas to split our time. The plan would be to spend those 3-6 month initial live aboard experiences in the bahamas
, PR, VI's and the leewards. Ultimately, after building the sailing experience, confidence and competence (supporting safety
and insurability) we may opt to circumnavigate westward.
I am thumbing around on all the usual sites. Getting an idea of what our planned budget
(which could change in 5 years too) can purchase
. Wife and I agree we want something stable for the girls and our own comfort, and the teenage boy in me wants something with SOME performance. I LOVE the layout and on-paper specs of the Privilege
495 three cabin
version. We are open to suggestions on this topic. Perhaps the Privilege
Series 5 in 5 years will be in the 500k range
1) what would I expect to pay when NOT using the boat? What are costs to leave the boat in a boat yard on jacks? Thinking Florida
, PR... or further South during hurricane
2) what are marina costs if we leave it in the water on extended periods?
OK so thank you thank you thank you for all of the posts I have already read!... and in advance for any insight you all provide.
OK back to entertaining the little ladies!