cruising all I can
Join Date: Apr 2007
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Just what your thiking about. W/ a few additions.
It was Dec. of 2006 I'd had it w/ fuel prices,work land life etc.
Bought a $2000 boat in tampa,Fl. cleared out 35 yard bags of trash in the ,dumpsters at the Gulfport.FL. Municipal Marina sailed/motored to Glades Boatyard near Okeechobee,FL spent 8 days and $600 to do a bottom job,cutlass bearing ,oil change a few other things. Launched ,loaded the wife,3yr.old girl,and 4 dogs.
Hung around the boat yard working on boats until I decided to go (2-3 monts) . sailed up and down the east coast through the chesey all the way to Ontario lake and back to florida 3 times and just got off the boat last November,2010. Did it all inclusive on less than $15000.00
I'm currently gearing up to go for a couple more years.
Now, I'm more familiar and have a better grasp of what to expect.
This time will be even BETTER.
I think I need to write a book on it or make a websight, I'm missing out as I have met (in my travels) other sailors who didn't know even how to anchor and now are giving classes,seminars and charging people to listen to their stories and experiences !?!?!!!!!
My advice to you is. If you see it on craigs list for $100 you can probably find one for $50 ,if your in the right place.
Skip the sailing classes. Keep reading (library-free) Keep hording $$$ ($15000.00 good, $20,000.00-better).
When you got the cash, start watching the used boat market in an area like the chesapeake.
GO to the place where the cheap boats are. bring cash and tent.
find part time job,so you don't waste yur cash.
Start looking at those "Deals" Decide on what you like to fix (engine,rigging,hull) pick the one that's broken that you can stand to fix. For me I chose a boat w/ crappy sails and rigging and a good hull and engine,I don't mind fxing rigging and sails.
Then , fix boat,launch boat . As this is taking shape you'll be learning/and meeting other sailors and you'll catch on or find out you hate it!
If your still into it, cast off down the coast/ICW toward Florida.you'll learn everyday ! by the time you get to florida you'll know if you want to go further.
I found I want to go MUCH further. Maybe I'll see you along the way-