I wasn't born a blow boater
Hi everyone my name is Aiden and I'd like to start off by saying I'm very excited to become a part of this forum and begin this next chapter of my life. I am a powerboater born and raised, up until I was 2 my parents had a 37 sea ray we spent every summer weekend on. They shortly realized how small a boat gets with 2 babies, so they sold it and I spent the next 8 years in a boatless family of boaters. Many many hours were spent with my dad, showing me pictures of this boat, and that, watching old VHS recordings of them. Teaching me this brand and that, the difference in motors, and drives. So of course the inevitable happened when we took a vacation up to lake erie and my god father who is a center console dealer through the keys to a new 24 regulat or to my dad. We went out, and I think he fell back in love with it, and I finally got to experience what he was talking about, so at 10 they bought a house and a 28 sea ray which I spent hundreds of hours on learning to operate. At 13 with the help of my dad of course, I bought my first boat, a small center console, which I eventually upgraded from unto a 21 pro line. Along the way, for reasons unknown to me, at one point I decided boldly that I needed to go buy a 1973 AMF Sunfish, so I did. Long story short, hands down, most fun boat I've ever had the pleasure of operating in my life, I took it out as much as I could, often leaving the center console at the dock. One day, my little sunfish met it's maker sadly when I took it out in 6 footers, I flipped it over when I was tacting back in toward the beach trying to make my way along the shoreline, and it was far shallower than I had anticipated because when I righted it, I looked up for a split second to see that mast bent at a 30 degree angle before the boat came crashing down the other direction. After many failed attempts at righting it, I ended up untying the mast so I could get it right side up to tow it back in, I nevery saw that mast again, it disappeared into the lake almost instantly. After getting towed, we idled around for about an hour in the cwnter consolse unsuccessfully searching for it. I decided it was time to sell her after that so that was the end of my sailing experience... anyway, a few weeks back I watched a movie I stumbled across online, an Anarchist Yacht Club production, Hold Fast. Truly an amazing movie, about a guy and 3 friends, who set out on a mission to sail the carribean, living on the boat, fishing it, all the good stuff, and to do it on a budget one that's questionablly less than the average person's in fact! I think it has since sparked something inside me. I have a whole new burning desire to try sailing, real sailing, and actually live on the boat. I'm 18 and preparing to graduate this year, I use to think I had some idea of what I wanted to do when I grow up but here I am (legally speaking) grown up and more clueless than ever, so id like to try to use their journey as a bit of a mold for my own, take a few momths, maybe a year or 2 and just put my life on hold, br young, and explore the world. of course I'm not so arrogant as to believe I can buy a boat and just go sail, I'm looking to take some classes, and get some experience in thw familiar waters of lake erie before I'd ever go out on the open ocean. I also think I may have a good place to get a project, see I'd like to look at my godfathers marina, he has a small boat yard with many old abandon sailboats that have simply sat on trailers forgotten about for years, I feel like he'd practically give one away to me. So for the next few months I'm going to be scouring this forum, asking more stupid questions than I can even fathom. And hopefully I can make it out onto the lake by mid June and start my sailing, I want to take atleast this whole summer for practice, and maybe start my journew next summer sometime. If there is anyone with any links to more threads of people doing something like this, or people who have done it I'd love to get in touch. I am very anxious to see where this all takes me, it's like a new body of water I've never been down before, and i get to make the chart as I go. Sorry that got long, but I just wanted to make my goal on this forum apparent and thorough to those who care enough to read. Thank you for reading, im very excited to learn from everyone here!