I have not done a "who am I" post in a good long time.
I am a crazy powerboater, who sails. So with that out of the way (I really am crazy), I will tell you about me, us, and our life, and will try to keep it short.
I have been a powerboater for many years. mostly playing around on our 22' bayliner. A neat little boat that got the job done for years. I had stepped up from a 3 person jetski to that.
Well after a few extended trips, including 30 locks on the Erie canal, all I could think was i wanted more, much more. I had a few key places i wished to visit.
Japan, Madagascar, Cook Islands, Galapagos, a theme park in Australia, Europe.
When i started the planning, I wanted to build a Cat myself. I had plans for a 65' Bruce Roberts cat, and was well into the planning stage, when I got married. With the price of diesel, and the uncertain future of diesel, we had to get a sailboat.
After i got married I scrubbed a few of my plans. The motorcycle trip from LA-Alaska, and building my own boat.
So i started shopping for what was the right boat for me. I had thought about a conversion, I even gave thought to using two hulls from aluminum power boats to make a cat.
I spent a good deal of time on dockersfourm (lol) i got the big boot after biting back for the fifth time when someone called me an idiot. What a joke of a forum. you have about 10% active cruisers, 50% of those know what they are doing, and are nice, 20% are jerks that think they know a lot, and the other 90% of the forum are inactive. Be it dock lovers, or cruisers from a bygone era. Those basically sit on the forum all day and tear people apart, calling them stupid, reckless, hubris, and saying they will get everyone killed.
The boot, was my last straw. I still check the classifieds there, but i doubt i will ever return, even after my vacation is up.
Frankly I am a learn as I go type, and like a challenge. I am not afraid to ask the embarrassing questions, or the dumb ones. I feel a lot of people keep these questions in their head, in fear of being town apart from asking them.
In the mean time we are living the dream. We have bought a boat, we have made our first few offshore passages, we do live aboard now, and we are settling in. We are learning what we do like, what we do not like, and making some good mistakes.
I am a diesel mechanic, a wood worker, Computer builder(who started when building a computer was hard) and a general sponge head.
So if you dare, follow me, and our family on our shake down cruises. So far we have gone from Albany NY, to Charleston, SC.
We have a blog,
S/V Union Pacific
that is updated when there is news, or when we are doing a passage,
and a youtube channel,
always stocked with fresh videos, with over 110,000 views.
Our latest videos from sailing can be found there, including my fun this evening on our dingy!
So I hope you welcome us to your forums. I am always available for diesel advice, so feel free to ask away, or stop in, I can do a quick repair, for cash or a trade of a valuable skill.