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Re: Your Sailing Dream ...
Wind Magic, this is a very good topic. It's easy to get lost in the uber-technical sailing threads or to believe that the only sailing to be done is full-time cruising. While I lap up all of those kinds of threads, as a newbie sailor neither applies to me directly (at this time, anyway.)
At first blush, I have already accomplished my original goal which was nothing more than "learn how to sail a sailboat." It was always on my bucket list, although since I made the list when I was a kid I had no concept of running out of time to accomplish my goals. At forty, the reality of that is only getting more clear.
As a kid, I thought of the most exciting things that I wanted to do someday. I wanted to shoot guns, jump out of airplanes, scuba dive, have big muscles, and learn how to sail a sailboat. Ha, it's funny when you think about it. But when you are eight years old these things sound pretty darn cool. At forty, I still think they're cool. So I did all those things as time went by- all except learn how to sail. I just never had the opportunity, or rather, never created the opportunity until last year. I finally did, and I kick myself for wasting twenty years not sailing.
Now that I am sailing, I have goals and I have dreams.
My goals are to increase my ever-expanding coastal cruising range. I am now to the point of cruising up the west coast of Florida, then anchor for the night and cruise back the next day. I don't get very far, but with a typical two day weekend it's what I have available. I have learned how my boat acts in various winds and swell and, thanks in great part to this website, I have been broadening my skills to handle a wider array of conditions. My next goal is a three day trip, then a four day, etc.
What are my dreams? RHR1956 took the words out of my mouth. "I want a boat that I can stand up in. One with a shower and a flat screen TV and a gas grill and a bimini for shade and a genset for the A/C to make a cool breeze on a hot Texas, (err... Florida) afternoon."
I have the bimini, which I cannot imagine not having. It's more important than sails on some days...
I love my little Morgan 22. But lately everybody and their brother wants to go sailing with me (and I'm happy about that) and this thing isn't exactly a cruise ship. Something in the 33-37ft range would offer a quantum leap in living space although I would deeply miss the ability to sail in two feet of water. No more sailing right up to the beach and hopping off in waist deep water.
Last edited by ShoalFinder; 12-11-2012 at 09:26 AM.