I'm new to this forum, I sailed as a teen and have always wanted to sail again. Prolly will sell my ski boat
and Lance camper, convert to a sailboat.
I'm a Dive Master, so I want to scuba
dive off my new sailboat. I know PNW water
has big tidal exchanges, higher wind
& waves. I want to sail WA and Vancouver
My Ford F250 can easily trailer
most boats from Eugene OR. Considering 22' to 26'ish so I can park her at my home when not in use.
I'm disabled due to Lyme Disease so boat diving
will make my life much easier. No more tiring shore dives.
I love the transom on the Hunter
boats. That would make handling dive gear
easier on me. Yet they aren't rugged enough for PNW
. Perhaps I need to add a folding transom platform to dive from on another make of boat.
What's the down side to cutting in a walkway through the transom (assuming I properly rebrace the loads with welded metal brackets) to create an more open access for me? Or maybe I build a lift
system to drop me over the side to dive?? I'm handy at building.
I'd love to spend several weeks aboard on extended trips. Maybe even run down to CA for occasional trips. Gotta have a safe, bluewater
boat. After I dust off the sailing cobwebs, even HI down the road. Prolly solo sailing. I do cook so want a full gally. Swinging keel
Please holler at me with your suggestions and ideas. I'm researching now, 2020 or 2021 purchased expected. Budget
Many thanks for your kind remarks and guidance.