Originally Posted by jak3b
Bernard Moitessier wrote in one of books that the hardest part of the whole endeavor for alot of people is actually untying the dock lines and leaving.Some people get the boat, all the supplies,read all the books and when it comes time to go find an excuse to fix something or replace something, repaint something and never actually go.They are in a constant state of 'preparing'.I knew a guy here who wanted to sail around the world.He asked me what kind of boat to get.I asked him if he really really really liked sailing,especially the cold wet and scary kind?,He never really answered that.He got a 30 foot modified H28 type ketch.It was all teak,An older Cheoy Lee I think.Told everybody he was off to live his dream,gave up his work, sold his car,cut the ties.He left San Francisco with a big farewell and went as far as Half Moon Bay where he promptly sold the boat.I asked him what happend he said sailing was nothing like he thought it would be, ie; He was cold,wet,and scared.
This tale has been re-played so many times it is very sad. No one likes to see a person's cherished dreams die. If one wishes to live on the ocean for a period of time, one must accept it's not dry or stable, ever. Several years of cruising in your local area, summer and winter, will tell you if you are really ready for the reality of a life of this.
Heavy boats are generally more comfortable and have more room, so try sailing with many different people on different boats before you choose your own. Volunteer racing crew is a good start, and sailing cruising legs with people who are on a voyage will expose you to the real thing. Often cruisers are looking for a crew person for a particularly difficult passage and you may find some good people to get experience with. Try to get on every different type of vessel there is, from an ultralight buoy racer to a tall ship, and learn, learn, learn.
Remember, this is not about picking the correct manufactured consumer product (yacht) for the job, it's about you becoming a seaman to follow your dreams.