Shadowraiths; I've read through this discussion but I didn't catch your follow up story of what type of boat you finally settled on. I would love to hear an update on how things have gone for you and would love to hear about all of the things you have learned since becoming a little bored. I'm hoping to transition in that direction as I move from semi-retired to retired.
I'd also love to hear about the progression of your sailing experience and how often you were able to get your boat out sailing. Do you sell mostly with in San Francisco Bay are you make it out past the gate from time to time.
Hi there, I ended up settling for a 1972 Catalina C27. I do go out sailing every now and then but not on my boat, which has pretty much turned into a boat-a-minium. It's really amazing how much "carp
" I managed to squeeze into my little boat, now that I don't sail her.
Then again, with neighbors who need crew, it's still very easy to get out on the bay. Every so often, I think about moving up to a bigger boat for the living bit, but then hear about the nightmares my dock mates face, and end up being happy with what I have.
I have learned a great deal about boat maintenance. Oh, and. somewhere up thread, a poster recommended having one boat to live on and one to sail. I absolutely agree with them! That is actually an eventual goal of mine.
As for life aboard? As of new years day, I will have lived aboard for 5 years. w00t! ^_~
Seriously, though, I'm usually out and about during the summers, almost always on the water... usually doing marine stuff... working on docks, washing boats, towing stuff... and just pretty much enjoying the sun and fresh air. And during the winter... or basically when the days are short? I'm hibernating in my little 'cocoon
' boat. Oh well. lol