Hi folks, im new here on this forum. I am a pretty inexperienced sailor, my father and I have done some sailing around some of the lakes here in the midwest on dads 20-footer over the last few years but thats about it. I couldnt tell you a slipknot from a bowtie, but i do know starboard from port
Anyway on to the topic at hand. Dads retiring this year, and I'm at a bit of a crossroads in my life. I've always had a dream of just cashing it all in, buying a sailboat & hitting the waves for a year or two.
I see 30 footers & such on various sites with reasonable accommodations at prices that seem well within reach. Made to sleep up to 6, with full kitchens & such... They look pretty nice.
It seems to me that the old man will be getting older before long, & i'll be tied up in other things... But right now im pretty much unfettered, and as i said dads retiring & as of right now is stong as an ox & healthy as any man half his age.
A lot of you folks here on this forum have considerable experience navigating the bays & coasts i can only scroll through on google earth & dream about. And its you I want to ask... Could a couple guys who have only toyed around in a dingy around the local midwestern party cove hop into one of these bigger boats & head off for adventure in the carribean? Or indeed the east coast? Is it realistic? Are we bound for davey jones' locker? Have i gone off my rocker?
I mean we've been sailing for years, but to go off on something like this. Volumes have been written about the subject of sailing. Surely theres some licensing involved, & youd be daft to go off without some sort of training. Would it be reasonable to think we could hire an experienced hand to sail with us & get us started? Are we going to be robbed at gunpoint by pirates off the coast of Trinidad? I honestly dont know!
Anyway, long story short, do you think im crazy?