Hello, I am from Europe
, I joined the forum to learn from all your experiences. I have done sailing in the past in the northern sea as a crew member
on a tall ship and inland on small vessels but I am totally inexperienced if I had to sail on my own.
I am planning on working up to get a license
and setting a couple achievable goals:
1. motorboat license
by next month (easy)
2. 100h sea training
in the baltic
by autumn (+ inland training
near where I live)
training and exam by next year.
4. chartering a small ship next summer for a few weeks and executing a few weeks long trip.
5. 2 years from now perhaps owning and maintaining a small yacht 26-40 feet, I am aware of the costs, time and skill required for it and looking if I could earn some of the money
back by renting
the ship out or perhaps selling passes for cruise
passengers in a distant future.
I already spoke to friends about my idea and of course heard how hard and expensive it is and how bad of an idea it is in general, even heard of people regretting owning a ship and how expensive it is to just marina it. I wasn't surprised.
The things going my way are small but, I have no ties attached, no kids
, no pets
, no 9/5 job, nowhere I have to be. I speak some languages and I know people I could come visit around the world. I have no problems doing small repairs
, processing fish
and I am willing to spend time to skill up in the basics of ship maintenance
The things against me, I have no idea about, ship construction, engine
engineering, basics of electrical maintenance
. My budget
is limited (whose isn't).
Thanks to everyone who posts such valuable info here, this forum is a goldmine.