We've lived on a 22 m steel boat
(converted to a houseboat) for 37 years. OK, she doesn't sail, but she moves around a lot in a blow. We stay fit by cutting, splitting and stacking firewood, building, rebuilding and refitting and maintaining the external woodwork. I recently built a new jetty, 20m x 6m, from poles, to beam shelves to beams (37 hardwood beams at 95 kg each) to deck
. Then I built a workshop on it.
We're now in the process of selling our property and will be buying
51, our first 'real' sailing boat (apart from having sailed some smaller boats and having crewed for a short while on a large 3-mast schooner). We'll be sailing the Formosa
in the Adriatic
and the Med. then up the Atlantic coast. For our 'shakedown' cruise
we'll have the company and advice of a friend who is qualified as Ocean master, probably also a couple more friends who are sailing enthusiasts.
My wife and I are both 71, and hope for a fair number of years on the boat, possibly including a circumnavigation
(we have lots of far-flung friends we'd like to visit).
We expect that sailing the boat will keep us fit, if not make us even fitter.
Are there any health issues? Well, yes, I have had cancer, but am considered to be clear. Apart from that, we are as reasonably healthy as you could expect from 71 y.o., reasonably fit people.
The shake-down cruise
will be utilised, among other things, to make sure that either of us is capable of single-handing the boat if it should become necessary.
If anybody wishes to offer us advice, or just tell us we're daft, feel free