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  • About black_sails
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    slowly designing a worldcruiser for early retirement
    part time oilfields, part time student
    antarctica, circumnavigation
    Born in the land of 10,000 lakes. I call myself a landlubber because i'm so far from the oceans though. Didn't really consider fishing with outboards to count as 'boating'.

    Been fascinated with sailing (or cruising) the ocean ever since I read books about Nelsons Navy in elementary school, and thought the guys from Lost had nothing to complain about. Some interests drift towards the poles instead of the normal exclusive tendency towards the equator - would like to go off the beaten path too instead of just drifting from one island pub to the next island pub in the south pacific or carribean.

    Working towards an early retirement and passive income which might happen by my 50's. Have had an idea in my head about wanting to live aboard a largely self sufficient boat and travel the world afterwards - yes including circumnavigation, and ideally wanting to do a Drake's Passage circumnavigation - though that may be more wishful thinking due to the design compromises needed. More patient than obsessed - I know there's guys who just buy a 30 footer and take off in their thirties to live the dream now, i'm content waiting and doing it in style with a bigger boat and a bigger travel income. :^) Also have other (familyish) responsibilities that still come first, so getting onto the blue ASAP is not the only criteria. Content to slowly work towards a goal.

    Slowly learning marine engineering (at a hobby pace and in a hobby style, since for the time being until the passive income is there it's just for a hobby) with a plan to design and build my own boat once i'm confident enough in what i'm doing. Probably hire a professional once i've nailed down the basic design. (ie someone to figure out the engineering strength needed in a cat hull if you accidentally beach it over a rock) Sometimes have to tone down my more fantastical ideas to get back to basics though - sometimes a creative mind unbound needs to throw the anchor out. Lots of mental explorations lead to dead ends, retreat, revision, and plan alteration. I often fully explore one direction of thought only to abandon it completely when I realize I forgot the original point of the exploration.

    Example? I'm considering a boat designed around a spaceframe that will literally let me expand and alter it as my needs change. Or shrink it back down if family members I planned to accompany me end up not coming with afterall. It's not even beyond consideration that it may be altered between journeys. I don't see anyone else whose done that yet i'm wanting to do it until or unless the right evidence or counterinformation jolts me into considering otherwise.

    If life goes the way I hope, i'll have a boat built by the early to mid 2020's up on Lake Superior deliberately challenging some rougher weather for experience in preparation for bluewater fulltiming and at some point taking it near constantly out on the oceans. But i'm not even locking in the design probably until 2020 as i'm in no rush. E


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