- About Realhumvee
- Vessel Make/ model
- Itís sailing somewhere out there waiting form be to buy it.
- Vessel Name
- Unknown but might be renamed
- Las Vegas Nevada
- Financial Planner
- Adventure, hiking, climbing, and building stuff.
- My only sailing experiencesÖ brace yourself. Several times while visiting San Diego, I rented a sail boat (near Seaport Village) and went into the bay. Yep, thatís it. I have been on the ocean many times but cruise ships and tenders donít count as sailing experience. My wife and I plan to buy a catamaran within a few years and cruise the world. So, too learn how to sail I want to start by crewing for someone (preferably on a catamaran) this summer (2014) and learn from doing. Iíve trolled the Crew Position forms long enough to notice that many owners are looking for experience only crews. So I asked myself why would anyone want to teach me. My answer is that maybe if I wrote about my skills and passion for adventure, someone could identify with me and would consider taking me on a passage. So here I goÖ
Iím adventurous. When I was 19 I bought my first climbing rope and taught myself how to rock climb. Starting in 1978 Iíve been hiking backpacking and climbing across the west in places like Glacier National Park, Yosemite, The Grand Tetons, Moab, Indian Creek, Rocky Mountain National Park and numerous other remote places in New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and Utah. So the spirit to explore runs deep in me. World sailing seems to be the next natural step.
Reading books on sailing I have learned that sailboats break a lot and that you have to be prepared to fix stuff all the time. Again, I have no experience working or fixing a sailboat but Iím very mechanically inclined. I started young. One of my first cars was a 1980 SAAB and it required many repairs. Being frugal, I learned how to work on it myself. Years later I bought a Hummer H1. Owned it for 16 years and put over 170K miles on it. I did ALL my own maintenance and repairs including replacing every set of tires, the transfer case, starters, alternators, the windshield and many other parts and systems. Over the years I added custom parts such as exhaust, intake and an alarm system. Some parts I had to fabricate. So Iíve learned how to machine parts and weld (both spot and MIG). In 2002 I pulled the engine of my 300ZX twin turbo and completely rebuilt it from the rings up. This also included replacing all of the wiring harnesses. Iím a gun collector so I taught myself how to gunsmith. Iíve built AK-47s, G3s, FNFALs, an Uzi, MP-5 and several other rifles on the BATF form 1 (legally built SBRs). Iíve remodeled our home doing all electrical and plumbing. That included moving hot, cold, drain and vent pipes to a custom built kitchen island. I believe that with a manual and the right tools I can repair just about anything.
My wife says that I get obsessive when I want to learn something new. She is right; Iíve been learning everything I can about catamaran systems from electrical, plumbing, engines, and rigging. I even bought a Mark 25 sextant that I am learning to use.
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