My name is John and have to admit that i have been reading your forum for some time, but now is time to join your great community.
I have a big dilemma (read problems, hiccups ?).
I am 58, no family left (just me and my dog Penny. I am finding that keeping my 3 bedroom house and some land is getting harder from day to day. I am thinking of selling up and, as i always love the sea, get a nice live a board or costal sailing live (early retirement)
I have to admit, it is a scary thing for me. It is a: stepping from comfy zone i know into something i am not sure about. I did make an broker inquiry and he forward some boats for me look at it. It is and Adams 31 (centre cockpit) and Swanson 32.
But this not my biggest dilemma. I would like to hear from anyone who maybe found him/her self in similar situation (early retirement and big next step into unknown).
I am not sure about cost of sailing and living aboard in marinas, (having my dog Penny with me) This part is scary for me. My founds will be around 200k before qualify for government pension, another 7 years, (money come from sale of my house and paying all my debts).
Would appreciate all comments and advices.
Regards - John
PS. I am currently undertaking my first sailing lessons from one of the Melbourne sailing schools with further costal navigation training (just in case).