I have been reading comments and stories on the forums
for the last few and have been totally sucked in by the cruising lifestyle. I have always fancied sailing off into the sunset but reading all your posts has convinced me it is possible.
However, I think it is something that my wife and I will leave until closer to retirement
, we're both 29 with a 3 yr old and have careers in an industry that doesn't lend itself to finding work
for short periods between forays away. I also like the idea of just packing up and leaving without worrying about having to return.
I seem to lean towards catamaran
style boats with no real reason behind it.
I want to pick your brains on what to from here to go from an excited dreamer to future cruiser.
Questions I have are:
1) What is a realistic target to aim for in saving to buy a suitable sized boat
for 2 people to sail for blue water
passages? Would like space for others to visit e.g. Kids
2) Where to start with training? I'm based in Manchester UK and there is a watersports centre nearby that provides Adult RYA Dinghy
courses and also there is a centre in Liverpool that's offers RYA Competent Crew and Day Skipper
courses. Is it worth starting with the Dinghy
course or go straight for Competent crew?
3) My thoughts are to charter
boats for family
holidays to build up experience and wondered if anyone had suggestions of good areas in the EU to charter
and gradually build up experience?
4) I have seen that maintenance
should be estimated at about 10% of the boat
value per year, as I don't expect to win the lottery before retirement
, what is a realistic figure to budget
for this? Wondering whether a pension and other income
will cover this plus other budget
items (fuel, food
etc.) or not and so make this an unrealistic option for retirement.
All advice, tips and comments will be gratefully received