Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Santa Barbara, CA, USA
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I am a 40 y.o. resident of Santa Barbara, California. My new bride (October 2016) and I are finalizing the purchase a 1994 Catalina 270 LE for our 25' slip in the SB Harbor.
I was raised in the mountains (both the Sierra Nevadas and the Bitteroot/Rocky Mountain range of North Idaho) but I've always loved the water and ever since I got out on my own I have dreamed of owning my own boat and one day navigating the Pacific Rim.
I was a freelance wildand firefighter from 2002-2014 and fought fire all over the nation, from Alaska to Florida and about half the states in between. In the off season I dedicated a majority of my time to travel and self-education, seeing most of the rest of the US states as well as a couple dozen or so other countries. During one of these trips I had the opportunity to sail from Thailand to Yemen by way of Maldives and then after changing vessels from Yemen up the Red Sea to Egypt.
My wife is also an avid lover of the ocean, (in particular the marine wildlife aspect) and has her BS in Zoology and a MS in Environmental Science and Management.
I'm looking forward to refitting this vessel and learning more about all the various systems (electrical, rigging, navigation, etc), operation, maintenance and maximizing efficiency of space, energy, time, etc. This vessel is intended to be our stepping stone into the larger world of off shore cruising, but will be used predominately if not entirely for coastal cruising and day sailing out of our local harbor.
In 5-10 years we intend to save up money and have learned enough to purchase a larger vessel (I currently have my eyes on catamarans in the 38'-45' range, but if the wife tolerates heeling well we might just stick to monohulls?)