I've lurked here for, oh, six months or so. Mostly just processing the incoming wisdom (or sea stories), with the occasional rare comment.
I've got an idea for how I want to proceed. Thought I'd kick it out here and see what y'all think.
My major goal is to complete (or be underway for) a circumnavigation
before I hit the big four-oh. I'm 31, single
, male, in great shape ... at least for now.
I've already made the shore-based prep for living aboard
. I've sold just about everything (what's left could fit in my Grand Cherokee), and have even divested myself of my rent payment thanks to the kindness of family
. I'm in early stages of acquiring a boat
, and should be water-bound by the middle of the summer.
I'm thinking I'd start on a 26-to-32 foot sailboat, partly to get a better feel for sailing, and partly to economize. This summer, I'll do a few ASA-approved courses, with a goal of spending a few weeks on the Great Lakes
in late summer/early autumn.
I don't really want to leave the West Michigan area for two years. There are reasons for this -- partly financial, and partly because there are some things (like earning my black belt) that I want to accomplish before I go.
After spending a season on Lake Michigan and Lake Superior
, processing my learning
a bit, I'd take my little boat
down the Mighty Mississippi
and make my way to the Carribbean (in 2010, most likely). After spending a season there, I'd sail up the Atlantic coast to the St. Lawrence and back to the Great Lakes
Follow that with another 6-12 months in West Michigan. Assuming I'm still thoroughly geeked about sailing and committed to the circumnavigation
, I'd then look to upgrade to a boat in the 38-44 foot range -- and when she's ready to sail, then I'm off again for the long haul.
Does this make sense to people? I'm particularly interested in your thoughts on a few questions:
1. Does anyone know of a good liveaboard
marina (or similar option) in West Michigan, preferably between Ludington and South Haven?
2. Does the idea of starting with a smaller boat and cutting my teeth on the Great Lakes make sense?
3. Is it prudent to take a boat of roughly 26-30 feet down the Mississippi
, to the Carribbean, and up the Atlantic to Canada
Your feedback will help my on my journey!