I've been interested in sailing for around 3 years or so. I got caught up the romance of sailing to far away ports
, etc. My initial goal was to build a sailing resume that would allow me to charter
bareboats in places like the Carribbean, the Mediterranean
, etc. I started taking ASA classes
and completed the Bareboat
Chartering course last year.
Since then, I have chartered a couple of times: once on Biscayne Bay (Hunter 410) and once on the Chesapeake (Siedelmann 34). My classes
were onboard an Island Packet
32, an Island Packet
350 and a Hunter
After these charters and a three month low budget
trip through Europe
, the cruising monkey is firmly on my back. My wife and I both enjoy sailing (she has taken the same classes) and exploring new places. We also enjoyed spending 3 months of 24 hour days together (I have heard that constant togetherness is one of the challenges faced by new cruising couples). The idea of sailing our home to new places sounds amazing.
Before we head
off on an extended cruise
, we want to spend a few years developing the skills we have learned (boat handling, sail trim, navigation
, etc.) as well as gathering the resources to take a cruise
sabattical. We hope to buy a suitable cruising boat
in the near future and spend a few years really getting to know her before we head
off far away ports
. I am working under the assumption that a quality 15 or 20 year old boat
in sailaway condition can be enjoyed now and upgraded for cruising over the next few years for less money
an interim boat (or sequence of interim boats) to practice on and then buying
a cruise-ready boat when we are ready to go. Five or so years of shakedown cruises is also appealing.
I intend to continue taking ASA
classes up to the Offshore Passage
Making class and maybe do one of Bob Bitchins' 'Share the Sail' trips (or something similar) to get some offshore
experience. I also intend to charter
in some of areas where I am interested in cruising to get a feel for the local conditions, etc.
I'd welcome any advice
on boat selection, good charter agencies in the Carribbean or Mediterranean
(Moorings seems like a good outfit, but very pricey), ways to get short term (1 or 2 week) crew experience, etc.