Hi there everybody - thankyou for the great forum and the information you all supply on a regular basis - for new people like me its great to find so much info
Just a little about myself
I'm from the UK now living in the US (90 day waiver). I'm ex army and am now currently in Iraq under contract
(no boos pls).
I'm 27 and have been dreaming of living aboard
a sailboat in the Caribbean
ever since I went racing
with the army around Denmark
6 years ago.
So I now find myself here to get myself back on track and buy a sailboat. I've set myself a budget
of $75000 and am wondering if that is going to be sufficient?
To enable me to have this much it will take me a good few months of work
I also plan on taking my Day Skippers qualification with the RYA and clock up some miles whenever I come back on leave.
To that end I am going to do my best to squeeze as much advice out of everybody here so I can head
out with the best possible information to start me off!
I was aiming at a Hunter
but have since seen a Pearson
that I also like. It wouldn't just be me on the boat
so space is a must and I was aiming at 38ft minimum. I also love the water
so space for dive kit etc is another reason for size. If anyone has some ideas on boats that would be suitable please shout out.
I'm a qualified medic, can handle a saucepan, I have a basic knowledge of mechanics/electrics and not afraid to get dirty and oily so I'm hoping I will not be a complete disaster!
I really want to get some good courses underway to improve my knowledge of sailing, sailboats, electrics etc. If anyone can recommend some please don't hesitate.
I think I've waffled on enough!