I recently completed some sailing courses: ASA
101,103,104 which confirmed that I am definitely interested in all that sailing has to offer. I currently travel as a medical
lab scientist doing 3 month contracts in different locations at short-staffed hospital laboratories. This gives me a lot of flexibility in how much, when and where I want to work
. If I were to get a sailboat to live aboard, my options would be locations near the great lakes
in summer, ICW
, the gulf and maybe the Mississippi
. I get a housing stipend from my company which would go toward my boat
and slip fees
etc, and hopefully I would be better off financially than getting a short-term apartment lease
. I would like to get any input about how likely it is to be able to get 3 month slips, as well as the ballpark costs associated. (I know this varies greatly depending on season, location, loa
etc. *ballpark* lets assume 35')
I would like to travel for fun via sailboat when I have the funds and free time, eventually moving up to water
sailing. I am wondering people's thoughts on if I should get a coastal cruiser initially and then buy the more expensive blue water
sailboat later, or if it would be more cost effective to just go for the blue water boat
right away and get it set up how I want for more extensive trips later.
As it stands I don't know all the things I want in a boat, other than I would like to be able to stand up while down below (6'3") which kind of seems like I need to be in the 35ft+ loa
range. I learned on a 39ft o'day from the 80s and I really liked the privacy that 3 cabins offered, standing headroom
and the cockpit
size. I also sailed a Catalina 320
and down below was a bit small for my liking, doable but not quite what I want if living aboard
. Correct me if i'm wrong, but neither of these would be considered true blue water, right?
Anyway, enough rambling for now. Curious to hear people's thoughts.