If you do not mind a bit of advice
from an old sailor who has ‘been there done that’ (keep in mind advice
is worth just what you pay for it), I will pass along a bit of it.
First, you are new to this game
, and only have dreams based on what you know so far. Things change exponentially once you start experiencing them.
First off, a small simple boat
is so much more easy to move, sail, sell, maintain, and enjoy than one with many systems. An anchorage is so much more enjoyable than a marina with electricity, water
, cable tv etc. Less is more.
Now forgive my directness but you have little to no experience on how to accomplish this dream. If I might make a suggestion;
do one of the following.
1. Get a job on a mega yacht. You can do it, I used to drive them all over the world and I have hired many people, experience counts but more than experience a willingness to work
the boat, do most any job, and LEARN the various gear
on a boat are more important. IF you are serious and determined, you CAN get a job on a mega yacht. You will then be able to save nearly every dollar you make as you have no expenses, you get to experience and learn the sea, you will meet many people on small boats and find out what they like and dislike, what works and does not work
, what is needed and is not needed. Get a job as a stewardess, deckhand
, nanny, whatever. If you think you can do it you can do it. Use companies like Yacht Crew Register, 37 South, etc. They are much better than the small crew finders in Ft Lauderdale etc.
2. Search crew blogs (such as this one) and find a boat with a family
that is cruising that needs a crew. It will not pay much if anything, but it should cost you nothing and you can get experience WHILE you are looking for a job on a mega yacht. Plus you are gaining experience. Be careful though, there are some folks on small boats who will not have your best interests at heart.
Now after a year or two on a mega yacht, you will have money
, knowledge and experience and you will be far better versed to pursue your dream.
Good Luck Lauren, believe you can do it, don’t hesitate, and have a truly wonderful adventure.