I've been perusing Cruisers Forum for some time and today I finally "took the plunge" and registered. My wife and I have somewhat limited sailing experience. I owned a Hobie Holder 14 sailing "dink" and she attended a 2 week sailing camp one summer. Together, we crewed on a Pearson
Vanguard 33 about once a week for a year (in Florida). The owner was a very experienced sailor and an excellent instructor. We learned a lot from him and are forever in his dept.
We are now ready to buy a boat
of our own and set off cruising as quickly as possible. We really like the aluminum-hull, shallow draft centerboard
boats like the Ovni's. We think they are perfect for what we have in mind but are not sure if our budget
.... Would consider a steel
centerboarder also, in the 32'-42' range. A full-keeled aluminum
or steel boat
might do if we can't find a centerboard
boat in our price
range. In fiberglass
, we really like the Alajuela 38 Mark 2 even though the draft
is almost 6'. Features in order of importance: bulletproof hull/seaworthiness, sailing ability, ease of maintenance
I lived in Alaska
for 10 years, owned a "bush plane" and spent a lot of time exploring the back-country. More recently, I spent 5 riding seasons exploring Europe
on a motorcycle, visiting 31 countries, riding across Russia
to Ulan Ude where I made a right turn and rode
south to Ulaanbaataar (capitol of Mongolia). Made a circuit of the Mongolian back country before retracing my course, back across Russia
the impending winter, to Poland
. In Poland
, I repaired my motorcycle (it was in pretty bad shape) and met the woman who was to become my wife. I got rid of some "stuff" and made room for a passenger and together we explored Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey
, Republic of Georgia
and Armenia. We suffered break-downs, near-misses and much discomfort. We had a WONDERFUL adventure. I had definitely found the right woman!!!! While we don't have "heaps" of cruising experience, we hope that our other travel/adventure/flying experiences will help us stay out of trouble as we gain that valuable maritime experience. That's one reason we're here: to learn as much as we can from the (much) more experienced sailors who post on this forum.
We are currently in Europe
but plan to return to the U.S.A. in the fall. If any of you out there are aware of a "great deal" on a cruising boat (as described above) here in Europe or in the U.S.A. (or "wherever" if it's a REALLY great deal), please let us know.
Lastly, a BIG "Thank You!!!!" to whoever is responsible for creating and maintaining this website. It is a HUGELY valuable asset to people like myself.
Steve (and Justyna)