That's what I was told today anyway when I told someone my dream/plan!!!
Let me tell my story, then I'll ask for the general consensus as to my mental health....
I am a single female who desires to buy a sailboat and cruise the Caribbean for a year or two or more? with my German Shepherd.
I love the Caribbean and snorkeling and I head down there every chance I get. I don't like the Bahama's much, the waters too cold for my taste but love the Virgin Islands and further south. Anyway, my last trip down to T&C I was invited out on a sailboat for an afternoon sail and boy oh boy oh boy was that a mistake.... I LOVED IT!!! ABSOLUTELY INDESCRIBABLE!! I want to do this! I have to do this!
OK, Here's the thing: I have never sailed a boat before, ever, but everybody's gotta start somewhere right???
I am NOT interested in hooking up with a man or sailing with another woman either really. I would prefer to sail alone quite honestly. Please don't burst my bubble by telling me that being a woman I can't physically do it alone. I am pretty strong, I hit the gym 4-5 times a week doing the crosstrainer and weights. Is it physically challenging? OK, I want the truth.
I have a modest inheritance in the mid 6-figures and a paid for house which I could rent out so the money thing isn't a big issue for awhile at least. I don't plan on buying a fancy big boat but an older small boat?? I am very frugal, some call me cheap (I drive a 92' Camry and buy my clothes 75% off at the end of the season sales, etc etc) and will continue to be that way. However, I don't mind spending money on the important things.
I plan to buy a small sailboat, maybe an older Catalina 22?? and dock it on my local lake for a couple years to practice on. I want to take sailing lessons?? and maybe even take an offshore?? course in the next year or two?? Then take the plunge and buy a boat for down there and just do it.
I have been reading this board and other internet sites for weeks but just don't see anything much about single women cruising.... Am I wrong?
OK, Give it to me, I can take it.......
* edited to say that I can't believe I spelled cotton wrong and being the title I can't go back and change it*