Thanks for the reply. I took the liberty and looked at other posts from you her on the SailNet. It seems we are sharing (together with many others) the same dream. My plan is to retire within the next 5 years, have a nice bluewater boat (Cat?) by than and take on the oceans to go around at least once. I am spending much of my spare time on "cool change" and read a lot to further educate myself. So far I am ASA 101/103/104/114 certified and looking into 105 and than the passage making course perhaps together with celest. nav.
Until than, the Gulf of Mexico is my area... Please feel invited for a sail out of Bradenton if you like ... and good luck to your refit of your boat.
P.S. my cell# 941-661-5686