Rarely do I introduce myself formally like this on message boards but since the two most recent posts were also from Louisianans I thought I'd chime in.
I'm here thanks to a crazy idea. An idea that has and continues to receive much criticism, critique, and flak (See Here
). The short version goes something like this: Buy 24-30' turnkey vessel in southern Florida. Outfit said vessel to just beyond safe. Set sail to San Juan, PR
in time for sister's wedding. After wedding, sail as far south as budgeted finances/wherewithal/weather permits. Put boat up for sale at end location. Fly back home.
That idea has been trimmed, dumbed down, and possibly abandoned, but, it rejuvenated the desire to learn to sail that I had and squandered while living in the Caribbean more than 7 years ago.
Now, I'm trying to get aboard as often as possible (within a week of hatching the above idea, I somehow found myself sailing to the Statue of Liberty in Manhattan and a few days later on a 36' Benneteau during the Wed. night races). Like most who want a boat of their own, I waste precious hours on yachtworld.com, amazed that what appears to be a decent craft can be had for under $5,000. I'm hoping to cut my teeth via the Wednesday night races, lessons, asking numerous questions here, and studying the various sailing school literature that I can get my hands on all the while keeping my eyes open for a good find.
If you happen to come across this post and you sail around the New Orleans area and are ever in need of a novice yet enthusiastic crew or if you just have a penchant for passing along your knowledge first hand, get in touch.