I've been lurking around this Forum for the last 12 months or so and with the auto prompt have decided to join .
No boat at the moment,been looking for about 18 months,while waiting for the kids finally get to the position where I can finally do my thing.
My background as follows.
From the age of 2 to 16 powerboats only,then to a trip as crew on a 60ft ketch from Australia to The Solomon Islands for 4 months ,got the sailing bug.
Had 3 racing trailer sailors and then my wife and refitted a 37 ft Arthur Robb yawl with "the voyage" in mind.
Unfortunalty she got died suddenly and I was left to bring up the 3 kids,the "boat thing"had to go.
For 14 years I did not even get on a boat although I did take up Sea Kayaking 5 years ago.
I thought the "boat voyage thing "was in the past and fully out of my system.
Then an old friend bought a 70 year old 30 ft gaff cutter and we went out for a few days.
I was enjoying the puttering round,fishing,diving etc but not overly so.
Then on the way home he asked me if I thought we could make it to a better anchorage for the night,which would entail a night sail through some fairly tricky channels.
I knew he was'nt up to the navigation but agreed to navigate for him,so off we went.
The sun was going down,we had about 12 knts of following breeze,seabirds, turtles and dolphins were all around us , and the challenge of the night nav ahead of us.
Then BAM it me !
That feeling from deep within me I'd long since thought had been extinguished by what had happened (or not happened)in my life was back !
I wanted to go sailing again !
Not the "round the bouys,hot shower and drink at the bar" stuff either.
I wanted to see an Island come up over the horizon again.
So I started looking at a few boats,buying books ,got my old sextant out a did a few sights,got on the internet and thats where I found you lot.
Forums are a hidden source of top quality information.
If you have a technical problem and you discuss it on a forum ,all of a sudden you have the collective brains and past expierences of a LOT of people working on your problem.
Thats what I've seen so far on this Forum.
A lot of expierenced people willing to share their thoughts with others, well done to all of you.
Hope to have the boat soon,and look forward to being part of this Forum in the future.
Fair winds to all