I am wondering if there are any vets or current people in the Navy (or military or for that matter ANY job out there) who feel like it has made them a better sailor, and I am actually asking for advice on which job in the Navy would be good to seek if I joined that would prepare me the most for living aboard. I am not dead set on joining the Navy, but I am 26 now with almost 0 debt (about to pay off my last 1000$ of credit card debt). I've begun selling my items too lol. I think joining the Navy I could learn valuable things that would help me on a boat and perhaps save some money for when I get out in 4 years (assuming I do that). Also, what are some hobbies or general knowledge that have come in handy that you were glad you had? Is it easy as an American (I'm from Forida) to go to somewhere like Mexico, live on their boat and find a part time or dinky job to make ends meet (great thing about not having debt
I want to know who has a job that really helped them with living aboard ... like fixing things or safety or xyz.
my job requires quick hand eye coordination and being able to do a thing over and over and over again. I enjoy playing piano, which helps keep me sharp. Also, I am a very safe automobile driver due to my car is very slow (diesel and old and about to die), so I think I would make a good sailor in this aspect. However, I am not too handy at fixing electrical, plumbing, or other general handyman issues, but that could change quickly on a sailboat if I HAD to fix something.
I live on the water so seeing nice weather is absolute TORTURE. I am going to have to be a budget sailor with very little expenses. What is a reasonable budget to get myself a boat that I can live on? I am 26, no kids, no pets (I will let a lizard live on my boat or find a seagull or pelican if I need one lol), male, like to drink occasionally, read, just enjoy the experience. I don't need all sorts of gadgets and gismos but maybe during my journey I will pick some up is what I'm thinking. I don't need a marina as I can find a bayou or something. I will need lots of water, some food, a bicycle, small cash flow, good weather. I am talking pretty barebones at first. Light and relaxed. Maybe open a trade route lol I am getting ahead of myself. I get really excited when I think about this.