I'm another new member to this forum, and I look forward to some interesting interactions with you all.
Anyhow, as an introduction, my wife Ann and I sailed out of the Golden Gate in 1986 after years of Bay and coastal sailing/cruising/racing/singlehand racing. We turned left and have been cruising ever since. After all these years and some 125k miles we still like the life, but our bodies are gradually failing... who knows what lies ahead? Boat is currently in Gladstone (central Qld coast) and we are in the states getting medical issues worked over. Hate it...
Boats? We left in Insatiable, which is a retired one-ton class race boat built in 1974 (before the joys of ultralight construction surfaced). Heavily built by Palmer Johnson, she was our home for 17 years and 84k miles. In 2003 we found Insatiable II, a Jon Sayer designed 46 footer. She was built by a master shipwright for his own use. Strip plank western red cedar in epoxy, light glass inside and out, gorgeous rosewood fitout, big fractional rig, 9.5 tonnes empty, and big tanks, stowage and accomodation. The builder and his wife cruised for 8 years, returned to Oz, did a two year refit and had a change of plans which resulted in us buying her. Yippee! We've done about 30k miles in her, and love her dearly.
Us? I'm a long retired Physicist, and Ann was a Psychologist specializing in substance abuse treatment. We enjoyed our working lives,but are really glad to have had the chance to leave them in our wake.
So cheers to all of you -- we look forward to sharing some thoughts with the forum.
Jim and Ann __________________
Jim and Ann s/v Insatiable II
lying Gladstone, Queensland, Australia