Red: You make some valid points and it sounds like you have some interesting experiences. Crossing the Pacific without a lot of experience is a significant undertaking. Yes, a weekend on the Bay is not cruising. (But it's fun).
I also have a lot of blue water experience and I agree its nothing to take lightly. I sailed to Bermuda and on to the Islands the first time at age 21 so in my opinion 24 is not too young. I do not think cruising is just for the rich. Maybe you just have forgotten how little you need when you are a kid.
Last edited by Surfesq; 07-05-2006 at 12:18 AM.