Hey thanks for the responses! Sometimes I feel like I am absorbing so much information, so quickly that my brain is going to fall out...in the nicest way. LOL
sailingdog- Unbelievably beautiful boat! Of course you have seen Hydroptere, and I found Playstation while browsing the web today. Sigh...right now I live in Arizona (just wrapping up the remains of my American Nightmare over the next two months) but I am moving to the Ft Lauderdale area of Florida so that I can be close to my kids in their last years of high school.
I have ordered all the books you recommended and more, either through the library or the bookstore, earlier this week, they will come in any day. I am going to go over your post Multihulls In A Nutshell
, again when I am not this tired from studying all day.
Your first and most important question...money...yes, well let me tell you that sites and books on How to Sail Around the World on a Shoestring
are going to be popular with me for the near future. I was an AIT (Un-licensed Architect) and have most of my Industrial Design Masters complete, but like 90% of the people I know nowadays, I am basically jobless and broke thanks to a ballet of unfortunate events (I guess this depends on how you look at it though, as I am even still, rather enjoying myself). I figure it might take me a year to save up again, learn and make repairs on whatever vessel I commandeer before I am going to be going out on my own.
I wanted to take the ASA 101, crew and then get down to a year of hard multi job work and saving. I am intrigued by the idea of living aboard in a marina while I work for that first year. Basically I know that anything I attempt is going to be a hard uphill climb for a while. The prospect of being truly free, even for a short while, is beyond reward for any struggle that I might have to endure to reach my goals.
I will look at all the boats you listed tomorrow. Thank you so much for the recommendations! And thank you for the welcome, I appreciate it!
DwayneSpeer- I hadn't considered the scrape factor...but I bet there are a HELL of a lot of things I haven't consider yet. LOL! Still, thank you for the info, I think 40' might be a little to much for me, by myself (when you add the kid/dog factor in it might be perfect, if I could just wrangle it, I saw this cool new sail design called a Aero Rig by Kurt Hughes that I though looked more manageable for a single handed trip)...although if I had my way, and the aforementioned unlimited funds, I would end up in something like BlueBay 92 Radfoly. It never hurts to have dreams.
Thank you both, very much, for your time.