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For us, it went something like this:
We had never "really" sailed before - occasional sunfish, that sort of stuff.
Decided it was something I was interested in doing, but like you, wasn't sure if it was really for us.
Gave my wife sailing lessons for her birthday - ;-)
ASA 101 (Basic Keelboat) down in St. Augustine, FL
That got her over her fear of heeling and with enough touch-and-go’s at the dock, she was reasonably sure we could in fact handle a sailboat and not kill ourselves or damage other peoples boats!
We then purchased a used Catalina 30 - well depreciated, so good price and good resale value – figured worst case scenario; the $5-10k loss would be considered the cost of finding out if we liked it or not and a couple of years worth of entertainment!
We sailed her home from CT to Northern NJ (actually NY) on our very first multi-day trip and then proceeded to practice and take progressively longer trips:
2 weeks to block Island – got to Port Jeff
1 month to Maine – got to Province Town MA
10 months full-time living aboard from MA to the Bahamas and back - got to Key West and back up to MD
In the midst of the 10 month trip we realized that it was for us, that we didn’t need the full year to decide - for us it was most definately all the great people we met along the way!
We purchased a new Hanse 400e (40ft) in Annapolis, set her up and continued our trip - We haven’t looked back!
When we got back up to Annapolis, we sold the Catalina to a great couple that are now starting on their path to cruising...
We’re back home right now, getting things in order and getting ready to sell the house in the spring and cut the dock lines.
For a bit more detail on our trips check out our logs under “past voyages” at www.svrocinante.com (the Maine trip is particularly amusing) or drop us a line.
Carlos & Maria
Carlos & Maria
...you may not be able to control the wind,
but you can adjust your sails..._/)