so I am new to the forum, basically signed on to do some research into an adventure I am planning.
I am a full time Mathematical Economics Major in Ottawa Canada. I have sailed smaller boats (under 15 feet), have my White II. I am looking to move up to a larger boat, and take the two years off between my undergrad and my MSc to do a circumnavigation of the world, most likely solo. Basically my last great adventure before I get serious into my field.
Basically what I am looking to get out of everyone here is the stuff not taught from sailing schools (such as day to day operations, best way to store food, all that kinda stuff). As well as a few other random newb questions (most of which I will post here).
I have been doing a little bit of research, and found the boat I wish to buy when the time comes (being a student with enough debt to buy a house isn't the best position to start trying to sail the globe, but I am smart and willing to do what it takes as long as the bills get paid). I decided on a Taylor Contessa 26. As they are relatively cheaper here in Canada, as well as highly reccomended for circumnavigations due to ease of use (there is one that is half restored for ~4500CAD in my area but I am quite sure that it's well beyond my means to finish the restoration).
so I guess I will start asking some questions, feel free to grill me on any of them, after all I AM here to learn.
My biggest question as of right now is how to choose a sailing school?
Being a student, these courses are quite expensive, and also as I am a student I am trying to figure out a way to make them cheaper if there is one. As all schools, generally, teach based off of international standards, what is the best way to do this?
I understand that the course is just a small part to get me able to sail solo around the world, and that most of being a good sailer comes from feeling and how well you know your boat's limitations.
Next question would probably be how do I find out if a boat is sea worthy?
This one I am sure has been answered here several times, and I plan on searching the site for answers to all of my questions, but figured I would outright ask them in my introduction post
That is all for now I guess, don't really want to write a novel (yet).