Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Boston Ma
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Another 5 year planner
My five year plan is in effect now, currently in month two.
1. Save $18,000 over the next five years.
2.Start outfitting the boat now, needs much - but basically a fair condition Albin Vega. Needs stove, heat, newer sails and probably renew all standing and running rigging, engine.
3. While outfitting, spend a lot of time cruising New England waters, and living aboard during warmer months.
4. Gain some experience heavy weather sailing.
5. (maybe part of 1) Figure out what works for galley arrangements/equipment, provisions to carry, how much clothing, etc.....
My rough plan is to spend 3-4 days at sea or anchored out, and 2-3 days in port during the year 1 as I make my way south. I will continue to work during this time, leaving the boat to go to NY for my two week rotations as a Mate on a tugboat. After the first year or two, it might be time for a little sabatical for long range cruising - as by then the kids will be old enough to let me wander a bit.
I've thought about getting a bigger boat for all this, but I think maybe the Vega is the ideal size for single-handing - and besides - I already have it - they are well proven, and I don't have tons of money. Bigger boat=bigger expenses all around.
Albin Vega - Boston Ma.
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