Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Southern Maine
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A few years ago, the SO and I bought an old family farm (mostly woodlot) with the idea of retirement away from the rat-race. Now we've decided that, while the isolation is nice, farm work is tough and probably not in the long term plan. We have done some (not a lot) sailing and really enjoyed it. We almost bought a boat about 15 years ago, but she didn't want to spend THAT much money. Our kids are through college and on their own and we are only a few years from retirement and Social Security. So we've decided to sell the farm and buy a boat. We want to do some serious cruising... Bermuda, Alaska, Hawaii.
However, not being fools, we realize that this is serious business and can't be taken lightly. So we have a grand plan. First, the boat... a Cape Dory 36. A very stable boat that's large enough to live on and see some serious blue water, but small enough to be handled by two and one if necessary. Second, we both plan to go through the ASA program for sailing and nav. Third, a year or two with a small day sailer. After buying the CD, a year of coastal sailing of longer and longer duration... our native new england in the summer and FL and gulf coast in the winter. With that down, we plan to make the trek from NH to Bermuda.
So, I'm here to learn and gather advice.