- About jwcolby54
- Vessel Make/ model
- 1974 Morgan Out Island 33
- Vessel Name
- Sweet Allie Bluebeard
- Software consultant
- Music, reading, programming, electronics
- I am 60 years old, single, IT professional. I am a consultant, database analyst / programmer using C# and SQL Server as well as automating MS office (a dying field). I still work and will likely do so forever because...
I squandered my youth and then… I adopted two children when I was 51 years old, and as a result I am, shall we say, not wealthy. Although having children is a different kind of wealth.
In the mid 70s I spent 3.5 years on the USS Kennedy, as a Data Systems Tech fixing computers. I say that to demonstrate that though it was long ago, I have lived long term in a top (of 3) bunk, 6’ x 3’, with 10” locker under the mattress and a 18” X 3’ hanging locker. With 40 other guys in about 600 Sq Ft living space. A small sailboat for just me is positively roomy. And I have often experienced 30 days at sea without seeing land, though not alone.
I have always wanted to live on a sailboat and I have decided that now was the time. However I am budget constrained. I am looking to pay cash for a $20k to $30k 70s era 33-40 ft boat so that I have no mortgage. With kids on board (occasionally) an aft cabin is my dream but tough at my budget. That’s what I am looking for though.
My immediate plan (next 6 months) is to find and buy the boat, living on anchor (NC / SC coast - ICW, close to kids) while I throw money in the fiberglass hole getting it up to real cruising. Sail, learn the boat, fix stuff, sail, enjoy life, fix stuff. Rinse and repeat probably for a year or so, until I am comfortable heading out, then start down towards the Bahamas. Somewhere along the way maybe take up scuba. I love snorkeling and think Scuba would add to the experience.
The objective is to sail with no schedule, down the chain as far as the coast of South America. From there down the coast of South America to eat some of that fine Argentinian beef. Maybe around the tip and points north. Or West. Until I die or get so old I can’t sail the boat any more, or it ceases to be fun.
I play a little music, bass guitar and lap steel, and I have a tech bent so I anticipate gutting a small guitar amp and speakers and then build it into the boat’s cabinetry. Perhaps 3 ¼” jacks and an 8” speaker. It won’t take much power to fill a boat. Bluetooth to channel my music from my cell / tablets. Cell phone Wifi for the notebook for my business, and my two Android pads for kindle and web browsing, when in range of a compatible cell tower. Maybe Ham radio if I can make that work. I learned electronics in 9th grade (1969) from a 1955 ARRL manual, self study, just read the book a dozen times. I am reading up on that again.
I am currently reading ‘Learn to sail in three days’, ‘Quest and Crew’, ‘Buy Outfit and Sail...’, ‘Cost Conscious Cruiser’, ‘Single handed sailing...’, ‘Storm Tactics Handbook’, and let’s not forget ‘Yacht Design According to Perry’. Kindle is a wonderful thing, all my books on all my computers / tablets. :)
And so the adventure
- Order tends to Chaos. On the ocean it happens twice as fast.
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