Hello fellow dreamers!
An introduction is the best start to any conversation, so let me begin. (be warned this will be quite lengthy)
My name is Benjamin, Ben for short but my grandfather called me Benji. I am not 100% sure if I want to be known as Ben or Benji for my future sailor name, but I will let you all decide. As for the basics of who I am, I am a current college student studying nuclear engineering. I have the aspirations of joining the navy after college and becoming a navel officer. My grandfather served in the navy for 30 years and I have always loved science. My decision to go into the nuclear field was lead by a good friend of my who is a current reactor operator. He also served in the navy. Besides these influences of the navy, I also just simply see the benefit of the navy due to the gain of experience and dependability of a job. I currently live in South Carolina near lake Murray, so if your local say hi!
Now to the reason of why I have joined this forum. I have recently (within the past year or so) learned I love the idea of sailing. Being able to recently take a trip with a friend that owns a sailboat was the deal breaker. We went sailing around lake Murray, and although it might have only been a lake and a small sailboat with a cabin I was beyond intrigued. I was astounded. Since that day I have been randomly searching on craigslist and ebay for a relatively local (within 500 miles) fixer-upper. Why am I looking for a fixer-upper? A few reason actually, the first is I am a lowly college student that can't afford to throw more then a grand into a dream at one time. Second reason is I believe I am capable to make repairs and I also know people who have done this work before to help guide me. Third reason, I believe that if my first sailboat is one that I have rebuilt myself I will hold more of an appreciation and love for it and sailing.
***That being said if you have a fixer-upper or know of one that meets the 500 mile distance and $1000 limit and might be able to sail on the ocean since my dream includes sailing the east coast, PLEASE by all means tell me about it!***
Now to the real reason I have joined this forum. I am beyond inexperienced. I know basically nothing about actually sailing. I understand how to repair and replace things, how to modify and redesign based on original specs, basic boat design, and advance mechanical understanding but I know nothing about sailing or sail boats specifically. This is not to mean I will not be learning because that is the complete opposite of what I will do. See my reason for joining this forum besides the fact I can get advice, is to meet people who are willing to help a dreaming college student understand and learn. To meet people who are willing to teach, who are willing to demonstrate, and who are willing to mentor. I want to learn and I need help doing so. I am not to proud to ask, I am actually proud enough to admit it.
So to you reading this, Thank you! To you who are reading this and reply, Thank you and cheers to hopefully finding new friends with the same dreams as mine.