the recent thread introducing a new person from my home state of NC made me think that I should probably do an intro too.
Just here daydreaming and gathering intel.
I sorta learned to sail as a boy scout on the Pamlico Sound one summer. I've operated small power boats inshore and coastal my whole life (son of a Coast Guardsman). I even helmed a 75FT Gasconade Class river bouy tender
for several miles down river as a kid. No experience though on any sort of liveaboard
except a s a passenger on dive boats. Currently have a little 18ft Larson run about outboard
but my sailing experience is limited to a partial completion of the BSA sailing merit badge many many years ago and many years later a bunch of "sailing in circle" outings on a friend's Catalina
22 in the Saint Johns River...and an afternoon trip outing on the the Gulf of Bothnia on a friends roughly 25-30ft sailboat when I was working in Sweden
Did a lot of fishing
when I was growing up, later got into SCUBA diving
(assistant instructor, divemaster, trimix tech diver, mixed gas tech., equipment
technician cert.)..but haven't done any of that in years
Currently have a motorhome that we do weekend warrior trips in and my wife & I have talked about doing some part timing in an RV when we retire in a few years...but lately I've been daydreaming about doing a similar thing except on a boat
. DW loves to go slow in our little boat
, and so I thought a sailboat might be right up her alley. Mentioned it and got a neutral reaction...but mentioned watching Ruby Rose on youtube transiting the french canals. That really sparked here interest!
She spent about 10 minutes googling sailboats and quickly determined that a healing monohull
is not for her, but a cat with it's windows and view, and large cockpit
could be the ticket!
I'm 54 but still have kids
at home. Probably 5 years out from a major downsize so realistically none of this is likely...but I sure do love the idea of cruising the East coast
of the US and parts
of the Carribean
a bit...then shooting over to Europe
for a season or two. Personally I'd be interested in Iceland
, England Norway
, Northern Germany
, etc... but DW would probably be more interested in the Med side of things...
Anyway, thinking about finding a sailing class just for kicks.