Hi, I'm Ann, longtime cruiser, and even older than you wrote you are. I am a pretty straight, blunt talker. Welcome aboard CF.
Go to Guatemala
. Live with a family
who can teach you Spanish, who will like you and help you out in countless ways. Get to work
on your boat
, if you already bought it. You will probably not be going aloft at sea at your age, don't plan on it, get the boat
ship shape before you head
out. Find out if the title is clear, if not, go home to Wisconsin.
Honestly, that's a plywood
, it will have some rotten spots in it under the teak
especially if it has been unattended for a while. There's a thread on a deck
job on one, written by Rich Boren, and he had his son to help him. Use the CF Custom Google
Search to find it, under the search menu. It is a huge boat for one person to maintain, especially as we get creakier, so much to varnish
. It's old. Do you know anything about working on boats, or do you prefer to delegate? Delegation is expensive, even in Guatemala. How are the engine
? the sails
? the rigging
(you're in salt
air now, not the fresh water
If you have never been an ocean sailor, what you have missed out on are sea hours, that inform your decisions, and keep you cautious, that have taught you about weather
and how to respect it with a boat, and about your physical limitations. It is a huge deficit.
Cruising isn't for everyone. Many stop in their 60's and 70's. Cut yourself some slack, if you decide that maybe this isn't for you at this time of your life. We all have had lost
opportunities, and we survive them.
I would recommend your considering a much smaller, easier to maintain and handle boat, and try out cruising that well found boat coastally for at least a year before heading offshore
, if you still want to do it at that point.