the next chapter
Thought I might as well say hello. I have been creeping on this site for a few months. I'm currently deployed to Afghanistan, but I will be separating from the military when I get back to the states in a few weeks. Nothing lined up for a job yet, but lots of options. I'm really just excited to be free to wander, and wander I will.
I used to own a sailboat (21' clipper marine swing keel) on a lake in Texas and sailed it around on my own on weekends. Never learned from anyone how to sail properly, just sort of taught myself from reading a book or two. My boating experience is limited, but I am an extremely strong swimmer (collegiate water polo), and very comfortable in/on the water. I'd say the best part of sailing for me is traveling for the sake of the journey, not the arrival.
I've got some friends who have taken sailing lessons to cruise around the bay on weekends, but I'm more interested in talking with live-aboards and long-haul cruisers. I see sailing as more of a lifestyle than a hobby. I frequently check the crew wanted section of the forum to see what is out there. Soon to be funemployed (I've saved money), I'm looking to see if I can find some trips where people need an extra hand and don't require any sailing experience. As a pilot for the past few years, I'd love to trade stories from the air for those at sea.
Re: the next chapter
First of all, thank you for standing harm's way for the rest of us. I'm not sure what the whole Afghan thing is about, but you young bucks over there under fire making sacrifices every day deserve so much respect. My hat's off to you.
Depending on where you settle and how you make out for work will decide the whole live-on-the-water lifestyle for you. Up here, there are some folks that live at the marina year round. Wick'd cold in winter, I'd say. But if you got brass ones, and I'd say you grew a pair over there, go for it. Take a class if you can. Invaluable. But if you can't, get out there. I recommend at least getting some sort of boating training at very least though. The USCGA puts on classes all over. My son and I got certified a few years ago. Knowing the rules of the road, reading charts, identifying buoys, radio ethics and the like, is so essential on the water.
So, keep your head down just a little while longer and we look forward to a good report.
SSgt Don Scribner
Re: the next chapter
Welcome, thank you for your service, and good luck with your sailing ambitions.
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