I see that there is no thread designated for new members to pipe aboard, so I thought I'd just jump in with both feet! I've been lurking in the rigging for a few weeks now; and I'm ready to start asking some questions and adding my own 2 cents on one or two threads so I figured I should introduce myself, my plans, and a bit of my curriculum vitae.
My Name is Fred and I live in western NY, about 2 hours from Lakes Ontario and Erie, and about 30 min from Lakes Seneca and Cayuga (the two ocean-connected finger-lakes). I've been here for six years after being a commercial fisherman in Maine for 14 years (Penobscot and Blue Hill Bays, mostly, a little off-shore) and I'm feeling mighty dessicated.
I did a very small bit of sailing in my youth (I'm 45 now); but most of my seamanship was earned on powerboats (Yea, I know, but the days of sail-driven seiners are long gone).
So, here's my plan;
My wife and I have convinced ourselves that we're more than ready to step out of the rat-race. In three years the kids will be out, the house paid off, etc. etc. You KNOW what's coming next ........... this IS SailNet, after all, so I won't bore you with the details.
What I would like is any commentary/reality-check on my timetable, etc.
Buy a smallish Cruiser-style boat to sail on the fingers as a "trainer" (my wife is something of a land-lubber) and to over-night - O'day 22? I've seen a couple in the right price range and they are trailerable, saving some $$
ASA week-long training sail (Basic Sailing (ASA 101), Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103) and Bareboat Chartering (ASA 104) combined.)
Buy a coastal cruiser (35'?) move on up to the great lakes, etc?
Offshore Cruising school
These are the highlights, and I have worked out a pile of details for each step, but this isn't the time or place.
So, A'Hoy, a fine but motley crew yea ll seem to be!