Hello all. I've been a lurker, and finally decided to post since I'm considering something only sailors could understand. I'm in my 20's and I want to pursue the cruising life. The prime of my life, and I have the fever for exploration. The water calls to me. It's almost haunting. I'll save my plans for another thread. In the meantime I hope to garner a reality lesson or two - but I'm really looking for a push to break the mold and act on my dream. I hail from Ohio, grown up on the Great Lakes. What a wonderful resource we have. As irony would have it, I lived within a couple miles from Lake Erie until 2+ years ago and never sailed thru childhood. Since moving away from the Lake, my intensity to sail has blossomed, and I am now pursuing it.