Hail to Everyone!
Well, I find it ironic and fitting that I am starting my first post on these forums
on our 12th wedding anniversary! I just wanted to say hello(my normal intro has been "HAIL" since my DnD days) and intro myself since I have been pilfering so much info from these AWESOME forums! So far the wife and I have only been on a couple of captained charters and we are set up to go through a week long set of ASA
courses so that we can charter
our first solo trip. That is already booked for June of this year in St. Petersburg FL. Then 4 days after we complete that, we are chartering our first solo boat
for 4 days so that we can learn some more! I have not been this excited since I started Truck driving school
at the age of 32.
I am going to say this for the first time, but definitely NO the last!
THANK YOU ALL!!!
So very many of you have already helped prepare me so much!! I have been reading these forums
for about a year now(that is when we took our first captained charter
tour @ Galveston).
My wife and I are both hooked! We are on a 4-5 year plan to simplify our life-styles, graduate our last child from HS, and refinance the house so that we can get our first cruiser and live roughly 60/40% onboard(the wife wants 40/60% but I lean more towards 60/40
). Until then, it is research
, resreach, research! We have plenty of time to fill the garage with nautical goodies galore! We have taken snorkeling lessons, practiced knot
tying, priced electronic charging equipment
, taken online coastal navigation classes
and built a budget
to plan for all the unexpected things we have not even thought of yet! We will be chartering at least one different type of boat
every year, and I intend on lending myself out as a crewman every chance I get on my way to being able to make people call me CAPTAIN
Well, that was far more winded than I wanted to be for my first post, but well, I guess that tells you all a little something about me...*shrugs* Again, thanks to this wonderful group of well-seasoned fountains of information! I tend to read more and ask questions after I have gotten myself to a point that I am trapped... I hate to look as dumb as I really am.
My only question is.... what is a jib
I hope salty dogs
like to play euchre!!