This post is dedicated to the younger guys that follows this thread.
One of the characteristics of younger guys is that normally they don't have much money. When I was younger that applied to me also. So I bought an old boat, recovered it and went cruising. The boat had no interior and I had only a compass. That did no prevent me to explore a good part of the Atlantic Portuguese coast with it and it is not an easy coast. Most of all I had great fun.
Well, you can do the same, Egmont Friedl has. He picked a famous inexpensive open boat, a Drascombe and just circled Italy, I mean all of it. It seems great fun to me.
Of course, first you need to learn how to sail properly and navigate without instruments, a kind of an almost lost art
And he is not the only guy going faraway on that little boat:
A better look at the Drascombe long boat: