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Re: Young cruisers
I was 28 years old the first time I got on a sailboat that was going to do a circumnavigation, the boat belonged to a friend and there were four of us. We left Port Isabel, Texas and went South, as did the trip. I got off the boat in Qunitana Roo state in Mexico and found a ride back to Laredo. I went back to work and then again a few years later another opportunity to crew on a circumnavigation came up, I planned and then left my job and got on the boat. We cruised the coast all the way down to Brazil, and we would have come back North and crossed through the canal and gone to the Marquesas, but my friend who owned the boat lost his mother and father and one brother in a small plane crash. He and his wife got on a plane and flew home, while myself and two others brought the boat back to Texas. I went back to work, and things happened, and I have not gone back to sea, YET.
Last year I made a vow to myself, and I always keep those, that I would work this contract I am on right now to its end, and then I am selling the last of my crap and leaving. I got rid of my huge house already, several vehicles, and half of a business. The only reason I am not already on the boat is because I signed a contract, and I do not break my word, but the contract is up before this time next year and I will be gone when it is over.
I am saying all of this to say that no matter what your age is, the thing that is required to sail is to commit to sailing, well that and a boat. You can work out the details on fuel, food, and silly stuff like that once you set your mind to it.
It is good to learn from your mistakes, but much better to learn from the mistakes of others...