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Hey yall im a 26yr old combat vet and as of the last 4 years I have been struggling to accept life as a normal person. Im going through a divorce and im looking for a life change . I live on Floridas treasure coast and i grew up on the water . Im seriously considering buying a sailboat from a longtime friend (a Island trader 37) to work on for a few years and learn to sail so i may eventually sail the Caribbean any advice , tips or help would be great thanks.
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Re: Combat veteran looking for a change

rent a smaller boat first to get an idea of how to sail and what you might be getting yourself into.
Preferably get lessons. You can get a basic small boat sailing course that just takes an afternoon and gain a lot. More lessons would not be a bad idea, but getting the basics goes a long way.

ALWAYS pay attention to the weather... A stormy sea is not forgiving of errors.
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I have a few buddies to sail in competition that said they would teach me
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Re: Combat veteran looking for a change

If you're looking for a distraction for right now to take your mind off things, racing and adventure sailing might be good options to consider.

You can get just as much enjoyment and distraction from present day worries with a racing Dinghy as with a cruising boat for a lot less money and fewer head aches.

If you're looking for a boat to live on, the Island Trader could be a good fit.
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Before jumping in on a 37' boat you need to learn if you really will like sailing and living on a boat. It isn't what most in your position dream it is. Go down to the marina on a weekend morning and ask around for someone to take you out. Then find a weekend trip etc and once you are got the feel by all means get a boat.

Or go the way I did, take lessons, join a club and sail on the weekends, then buy a boat (will be the wrong one so plan to replace).

Cruising = living on a small cramped boat and dealing with weather in order to do boat maintenance in excotic places.

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Cruising = living on a small cramped boat and dealing with weather in order to do boat maintenance in excotic places.
It doesn't have to be that way. You can live in a big spacious modern boat, deal with weather, and drop it off for maintenance and repairs while you fly out for vacation in a different spot.
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Hey yall im a 26yr old combat vet and as of the last 4 years I have been struggling to accept life as a normal person. Im going through a divorce and im looking for a life change . I live on Floridas treasure coast and i grew up on the water . Im seriously considering buying a sailboat from a longtime friend (a Island trader 37) to work on for a few years and learn to sail so i may eventually sail the Caribbean any advice , tips or help would be great thanks.
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Hey yall im a 26yr old combat vet and as of the last 4 years I have been struggling to accept life as a normal person. Im going through a divorce and im looking for a life change . I live on Floridas treasure coast and i grew up on the water . Im seriously considering buying a sailboat from a longtime friend (a Island trader 37) to work on for a few years and learn to sail so i may eventually sail the Caribbean any advice , tips or help would be great thanks.
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Given the conditions that you have probably lived under, I doubt the smaller confines of a sailboat will bother you.

I say go for it, but proceed cautiously. Have your experienced friends hook you up with sailing on some small, fast boats while you're fixing up the IT-37. Learn where to obtain the best weather information and how to properly interpret it. Learn the strengths and weaknesses of your boat.

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Re: Combat veteran looking for a change

I really hope the divorce goes quickly and painlessly so you can get on with things like buying that Island Trader 37 . I wouldn't worry about learning how to sail on a big boat some say they sail easier than a small boat and your friends will be there . I have always liked Angelman boats .
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Hey, William! Check into a local yacht club and find out about their weekly fun races. I currently crew on a 33' Frers. We sail every Wednesday---weather permitting---and regattas also. Skippers are always needing crew members and they love to share the sport. It's great fun and always a learning experience.

I'm sorry about what's going on in your personal life; but this, too, shall pass. Everyday is an new opportunity to live the life you want! Best of luck to you!????
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