'Ten miles behind me, and ten thousand more to go.'
Hi all, Newbie here, living in New England
. I'm Eric and caught the sailing bug while racing
for a few seasons in San Diego
many years ago. Just turned 59, kids
in college, single
, and starting to get serious about cruising as a retirement
My intent is to be methodical - signing up for classes
, reading, and volunteering as crew. Lightening my possessions now as I work
toward finding a boat
to fix up/live aboard.
So about that boat
. . . I want to be able to learn to single
hand it when needed, so I can't imagine anything over 42' (?) or so. I'm handy with tools, so I don't mind putting in repair time, learning
each system as I go. I'm favoring a ketch
, center cabin
, where all lines lead to.
So, I don't know where to start with brands and year made/models. Of course I'd love an Amel Super thing, but I'm probably playing with only $100k all in. Plastic boats don't do it for me.
The intent is to cruise
locally for a while, learning
the boat and acquiring the skills to gradually take longer passages. Thinking Caribbean
and then the Grenadines. After that, the world! Lol.
Any thoughts on the above, recommendations for a good psychologist to talk me out of this, or any wealthy beautiful women
who want to join me - all are welcome. Just wanted to say hi, let you know how much I appreciate all (most) of the good spirited people offering advice
and wisdom. I've been lurking for a while, now it's time to get my feet wet.