Greetings from Wales and Hello to all on Cruiser Forum.
Right now we've not got a boat
but here's a little bit of history
. So what follows is a wall of text:
Quite a while ago we (my wife Caryn and I) were liveaboards on a Sailboat for around 7 or 8 years. On our first extended cruise
we sailed in the UK and visited France
and the Channel Islands and onto Spain
then out to Madeira
and The Azores
before returning to the UK.
After that shakedown we went south to Spain
again and then to the Canary Islands before crossing to Barbados
and sailing the islands northwards as far as St Martins. From there one hop to Newport
RI which we used as a base to explore as far north as Cutler, Maine
. In the Autumn we went south, through New York
to the Delaware, up the bay and through the canal
into the Chesapeake. South on the ICW
NC, then offshore
to Charleston because of the depths on the ICW
. I should mention that our draft
was around 7 foot maybe a bit more. Continuing south on the ICW as far as Palm Beach Florida
where we again went offshore this time to Fort Lauderdale
You must I guess, realise that I'm a bit long in the tooth now because we left for our Atlantic crossing
on my 40th Birthday in 1983!! So some things might have changed since that time but we had no problem on the ICW with our draft
and also anchored every night on the way down.
We were in Fort Lauderdale
for a few years worked at a few odd jobs but we were offered positions as Captain
and Mate on a 72foot Burger. We tried to get our green cards and the owner pulled a lot of strings and even tried his congressman but all to no avail. We worked on the Burger but lived on our Yacht except when we took the owner out to the Bahamas
, down to the Keys or, on one occasion, north to New England
(they didn't enjoy it much).
We took our yacht over to the Bahamas
several times as far south as Great Exuma, Rum
Cay and San Salvador. However to cut a long story short we eventually sold
our yacht in Fort Lauderdale and returned to the UK.
Subsequently at different times we have been sailing in Greece
but this year we chartered a Yacht in the BVIs and the 14 days there re-kindled my passion for sailing and boats. Such that I'm mulling over in my mind whether we can realistically return to the liveaboard
life. Probably at our ages it's not a wise thing to do but you can always dream can't you?