Well hello Cruisers Forum people! I have been lurking around here off and on for years sponging up knowledge since the Bumfuzzle days.
Probably scoring some negative internet
points, but I followed them on their travels since the early 2000s. I quit when they went back to land. I know how much the old salts and armchair sailors hate the Bumfuzzle story as being irresponsible and dangerous. I found it to be an inspiration to make a long term plan to ditch suburbia and cruise
This plan involved investing and building a business asset to sell off, build some real estate equity, and gain a glint of knowledge. Fast forward 15 years and here we are.
After selling off the business, the house, all the crap, and a large bit of sanity we have been living in a trailer
we bought to haul around the country while boat shopping
. It's been a strange transition from 70 hour high stress work
weeks to only having to consider where to park and what's for dinner. We've been loving the vagabond life for the last 6 months.
We are now working toward closing a deal on an older 49' Prout MoneyPit catamaran
the first week of December. We will spend a week or so to sail back from the Bahamas
with the current captain
, then we are on our own. Yikes!
After closing we want to replace the standing rigging
that hasn't already been done, do other minor servicing, upgrade some solar
, Sell the truck & trailer
, then bust right back across in January. It is currently on the hard
getting bottom paint
, new cutlass bearings, and all new thru hulls/seacocks. I think we will bum around the Caribbean
until the end of the season, then who knows....
We do realize that we know close to nothing, but I'm fairly certain that when others first started boating
they also had no experience. We have taken ASA
live aboard classes
, also known as "How Not to Die in the First Week of Boat
Ownership" Looking forward to more first hand experience, and not too many "learned the hard way" lessons.
Thanks for being a great resource! Looking forward to some internet
camaraderie and a healthy dose of unsolicited criticism.