Originally Posted by MikeHoncho
Iím going to be the pessimist........your daughter will be 10 when you retire and have different aspirations than as she is as 7. Donít be absolute and consider the possibility that she just doesnít want to leave her school
friends and family
when the timelines come about. Take it easy and ease into it being that you are starting from the beginning with the only the experience being YouTube.
I guess what Iím trying to say is donít pivot your dreams and desires off of a 10 year olds whoís tend to wonder on a daily basis. This coming from a 47yo with a 21yo daughter who is a officer in the Army and 19 yo twins (son and daughter) who are just starting to figure out adulting.
Excellent realistic thoughts.
You are on a cruising forum so you tend to get a lot of "go for it" comments no matter what you say, so take them with a big grain of salt
I would look at coastal cruising to start (probably on the east coast
as the west coast
is much more limited). With a 10yr old as your only crew, you are going to need to be large and in charge 24/7 when underway (at least initially). With coastal cruising, you can get anchored/tied up and relax after a few hours on the water
Later if you find you love the cruising lifestyle and she's got a few years experience with excellent "cruising" (not sailing) skills, you always have the option to head offshore
with a legitimate crew member
to split duties.