You Are Not Crazy....
Many of you know that there's hardly been a post from me that I don't talk about Dad.
I've never been out on my boat without my Dad...Ever...
In 34 Years, I've only been out on his boat once... without him. (He had RC duty so he watched while my sister and I sailed his homemade boat around the marks on the Wed night Magothy races without him....we apparently 'screwed it all up'.. heh
I bought my boat in Dec 07'
We spent Dec - March fixing her up...together. (thanks again SD, Cam, Gui, FstBttms, CD, SanctuarySam, and others...this place is awesome.)
There was never a question...about the Captain thing. His Boat.. His Rules.. my Boat... My Rules... (which are slightly more conservative than his... he has no problem with that...)
(Please note: Older brothers do not fall into this category of understanding that they actually have to listen to younger brothers even if they know it's not their boat...for whatever reason older brothers will always play 'captain' regardless of who paid for the boat....)
I'll never forget the time when Dad told my Uncle (huge ALIR racer, and (Dad's older brother) who started Dad sailing... ) that I was "Really Good on the Helm"...
Just today, he and I had a long conversation about the Tragedy that hit our club on the Magothy Wed night.
Anyway... enough of this emotional nanciness...
Get on out there with DAD!
Yes you can do it. Homework is important. This week I was again reminded of how this sport / way of life can go from zero to dangerous in the blink of an eye. It shouldn't be a deterrent. It should be a reality Check...
Read Nigel Calder's books... great stuff and not really a horrible read!
Amazon.com: Nigel Calder's Cruising Handbook: A Compendium for Coastal and Offshore Sailors: Nigel Calder: Books
You *can* do it... getting ready and learning with your Dad all about new aspects of sailing/cruising to meet the goal is really half of the life experience... Heck, even if you choose to sail 10 miles on a weekend.... there and back... how awesome would that be?
... About the boat...
No one can really say what's right for you in a boat. (I got lucky and ended up with the perfect boat.. it's way better than a tri-ma-multi-cat-o-ama-floatie) (That's a litte Dig on SD and Chuckles...)
Take your Dad on the Boat Buying Journey....
Really Really think...
How long will you have this boat?
Where do you want to go?
How much time will you spend on the boat in any given "leg" of a trip?
What amenities are "must haves"?
What amenities are "nice to haves?"
What do I want my boat to look like?
How much money can I spend now?
How much money can I spend every month from now on?
What kind of beer do I like?
How "handy" am I in Boat repairs?
How "handy" do I WANT to be in boat repairs...?
There are other questions you should ponder that I'm forgetting.. but the great thing is... there's a place called... "Buying a Boat"
Best place in the world to get opinions on boat buying...
I hope this really long winded... over the top post helps you out...
All the very best,