You sound like me... to some extent, when I as 25.. I decided I wanted to live on a sailboat, when I had never been on a say boat. I still was thinking this after owning a 13 ft. boat, but that was nowhere close to living on a sailboat.
Not clear if you have any sailing experience. but it might be a good idea to find a marina and see if you can crew on a boat. Might give you some insight to what kind of boat you may want... maybe a smaller boat would work for you.
Do you have or need a job? is it something you can do from a boat?
I have enough sailing experience
, i.e., dinghies, and crewing aboard a brigantine, and barquentine
for a summer, to know that I love sailing. And although I have wanted to live aboard a sailboat since I was in my early 20s, it was never possible due to educational goals, career, and marriage. However, none of these inhibiting factors exist anymore, so here I am in this forum seeking input.
Can I do work from a boat? I wish, however I took an early retirement
- for less money of course - from a very stressful job, but did so, because in my former line of work, retirees, especially males, tend to die within a few years of 'pulling the plug'. Many want more money, I prefer a chance to live longer.
Your idea about crewing
is a good one, and something that I have been thinking about. In fact, I plan to take one or two basic keelboat courses in Spring 2017, and then hope to find crewing opportunities for deliveries, and races.
: What are some of the better ways of finding crewing opportunities, other than just showing up at seaside marinas and asking? I currently live in east TN, and I can't do that.
Are there websites that advertise potential crewing opportunities?