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dreams, hopes, and reality
I need some experienced and educated help.
I am a 24 year old college graduate in the albany NY Area who is looking to start live aboard sailing. I am right on the hudson (which i understand can be terrible to sail) but time is not of the essence and making a quick trek through the hudson out to the ocean is not a worry. I can limp along with the current when it is in my favor if the wind along the hudson is really as terrible as i am told.
My goal is to leave the hudson, get out to the ocean via NYC, and then stop and anchor all along the coast until i get up to Maine where my father has a small house about a mile from the ocean.
my budget is limited, around the 5,000 dollar range. I know this isn't much, but would boats like older cal25's and Tanzers be suitable for this kind of voyage? Remotely experienced locals are telling me that i need a 32+ boat and should be spending over 13,000 dollars on a boat....
does anyone have any kind of suggestions or help for me, motivational or not? I am sick of the work grind already despite having a high paying and challenging job. 9-5 is not for me in the least bit, and it is draining away my excitement for life.
is this even a remotely feasible goal? No is an alright answer. i admit my experience is limited to day sailing as a youth, but i feel the ocean and solitude calling and i want to get out there and feel alive again.