Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Sunny Florida (central)
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New member, old salt
I'm 57, single, and have lived over half my life on sailboats. Actually, A sailboat. She and I go back a loooong way.
It all started for me when a kid moved into my neighborhood with an Optimist pram. I was nine at the time. I was an instant addict, and have continued to be so to this day. Give me a beautiful day and a sailboat and there is literally nothing I'd rather do. Nothing.
My first boat was a Hobie 16, which I pitchpoled on the first day out. That was one of the most fun boats I've ever had, and I wore it out in a year. I ended up selling it to help get the $7500 for the hull and deck of my Liberty 28, which is named Toucan. Once the hull landed in the yard, it was seven years later that she hit the water. In the mean time I had several other boats, such as a 7ft6in microcruiser I built from a bare hull, an O'Day mariner, a Hobie 18, and an 8ft3in microcruiser named Nano, which is with me now.
In 1996-7 Toucan got her first taste of saltwater on a 5000 mile trip down to Grenada and back over 13 months. That was easily the coolest thing I've ever done, and it taught me that I need to do some more. All that is on hold now, since my mom had a stroke and needs 24/7 supervision. To satiate my lust for sailing in the mean time, I've built Nano, which has covered sleeping for one, a single burner stove and an oven. She and I have been all over the Florida Bay, the Ten Thousand Islands, and on two B.E.E.R cruises up in Pensacola Bay. Fun is where you find it.
When mom reaches her expiration date, Toucan and I will be off again, until I'm too old to do it anymore. When that comes, I'll buy some cheap flood prone land somewhere, dig a hole, and drop Toucan in it. Then I'll continue to live aboard until I croak. And if the land floods, what do I care? Since she's not a building, and since she makes her own power and has a composting head, the land will be undeveloped, and the taxes will be almost nill. It seems like a viable plan to me!