Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Edgewater, Maryland
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Re: Father of 2.
If you just hang around the yacht club or marina and don't really get involved, then you probably will not pick much up. However, if you become engaged by offering to crew for others for the weekly fun races or to help someone working on a project, then you'll be able to learn just as much or more than just by owning a boat alone.
The only potential problem area I really see in your situation is that by being AD, you have very little control of your long-term schedule. You may be home for months or a couple of years and then be asked to ship out to points unknown in a moment's notice. What do you do with that boat then? Is your wife willing to keep up with the boat maintenance while raising 2 young children when you're deployed?
Some sailing clubs and military bases have sailboats for rental. When I was stationed at DLI many moons ago, we were able to rent Catalina 22s for up to 3 days at a time through the MWR program. Check around and see what's in your area for these types of offerings.
Also, thank you for your service!
1973 Pearson 39 "Brandy"
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