Im going sailing! Cool, eh? I'll have a 78 Pacific Seacraft 25 with Yanmar 8; Just me and the Duke, my German Shepherd. I plan to sail along the Gulf coast and anchor in a bay, or inlet, or harbor, wherever is a good spot, like every 20 miles, or 50, whatever works. I know not to anchor in a channel, but is there a problem pulling behind and island for the night? I have been reading some of the cruising forums, but they seem to be 50 footers with champagne and naked crew members. Satellite images from google earth are an amazing tool.
I grew up in MN on the lakes, Coast Guard vet, have a decent handle on basic sailing, good orienteering/navigating skills (plus I don't plan going more than 5 miles offshore till Im very confident. Ill hide from storms when I can. Im roughing it, like camping out for a long time. and will be back for info when the boats in my yard. I also am doing something quite ambitious and allowing myself 4 or 5 months. Im just going around the coasts, from Galveston to Canada.
There are friends along the way, Ill be writing a book, and lecturing at a couple rehab centers, And hopefully camping on some amazing beaches. I might even meet a few of you folks. Anyway, general pointers, rules, dangers, fun things to do while holding a tiller all day... all welcome. Is this what cruising is?
Oh, Im Jerry, and I am new here.