Hello from South Africa!
I just joined here, seems like a nice community with lots of interesting posts.
I am looking at returning to cruising after a 21 year break! Back then I "swallowed the anchor" due to family pressure, health issues (back problem) and finances in 2000. I sold my yacht and restarted my career getting stuck into other hobbies like building/flying 3 different airplanes.
Now, 21 years later I am recently retired, my back is fixed, family pressures are gone and I have some "spare" money so I am looking at acquiring a yacht again.
Initially I just want to do some local sailing around Knysna and up and down the coast here in South Africa but extending into the Indian ocean would be a logical option and after that who knows.......
This time I am not planning on selling everything and I will keep my house and vehicles as a "home port" to return to if I feel like it even if it is only for short periods.
We will be 2 people and 3 cats! Size of yacht has not been decided but I want something comfortable and maybe not too large, I want a yacht that can be sailed single handed if needed by a "not so young anymore" person. I have started looking around, hopefully the right yacht will be found soon.
So thanks in advance for advice and information that will make my "return" easier!