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  1. cruisingForABruising

    Pros and cons of sailing to see the world vs other means.

    So it sounds like most the trouble is found crossing land. Have many of you had trouble at ports? Is it a matter of knowing which ports to avoid?
  2. cruisingForABruising

    Pros and cons of sailing to see the world vs other means.

    Well yeah, that's why you carry 40,000 feet of rope.
  3. cruisingForABruising

    Pros and cons of sailing to see the world vs other means.

    My main fear is sharks. Totally irrational and not a factor in my decision. Same for pirates. Not sure about storms? Sailing is sounding like the safer route. I thought I was going to get a lot of flack for asking such a questions. Where else can someone get such great replies? Thank you all!
  4. cruisingForABruising

    Pros and cons of sailing to see the world vs other means.

    @jgbrownI was thinking for a first bike it would be good but I will look into your suggestions before I get anything. Gotta save up so might as well do more research in the mean time. I think that 6th gear would help a lot for long trips.
  5. cruisingForABruising

    Pros and cons of sailing to see the world vs other means.

    I didn't realize things were that bad down there. Thanks for the info @kent_island_sailor I'm only 5'8" maybe 5'9" and 175lbs @jgbrown @fastyacht yes I've never really ridden motorcycles because they are dangerous. At the same time I know people who ride that are fine. Maybe I should live a little.
  6. cruisingForABruising

    Pros and cons of sailing to see the world vs other means.

    @kent_island_sailor I wish I had the social skills to where being a parasite was an option. Not that I would then be a parasite! I'm more the barely getting by but enjoying the cheap beers and doing things solo most the time kind of a person. Sounds like I need a motorcycle and need to see how I like that vs sailing. The Yamaha TW200 has been on the list of things to buy soon anyway. In the future, I have to at least do some coastal cruising and see how I like that. So I'd like to travel Mexico, Central and South America. Just not sure if it's via sailing/flying/driving. Not really into seeing sights as much as going on some good hikes, swimming new places and getting by cheaply. Do what I should have done in 20's in my 40's I suppose. That gives me 6 years to get my head straight(er). Thank everybody for your input. Lots of things to think about!
  7. cruisingForABruising

    Recommendations for first time boat build.

    Frenette and Foiling Optimist, those are good points and building a boat is still in the back of my mind. For now though, I purchased a Cal 20 and am now part of the fleet here in Portland, OR. For $750 I got a boat that floats with a running motor (5hp 4 stroke, looks to be only a few years old) and sails (main sail, few different size jibs and a spinnaker with wooden spinnaker pole). Not bad for the price. After more time maintaining a boat and sailing I'll decide how much time I have to build. Probably won't be much and the economics doesn't seem worth it.
  8. I'm curious what people's thoughts and experiences are on traveling the world via sailboat. Most people fly some where or maybe drive. Assuming a person has a enough income to travel for a year or longer, what are the pros and cons of sailing? Some pros to sailing: You have a place to stay already. The adventure of getting there is part of the experience. Cons: You have a boat that needs to be moored. Can be costly. Could be broken into if you were away for extended periods of time. Upkeep of a boat.
  9. cruisingForABruising

    Recommendations for first time boat build.

    I am going to have to spend more time sailing and thinking about all of your points of view. The only thing I know for sure right now is I need to save money and spend more time on the water! I do have to say that I am very lucky to live some where that there is a surplus of pretty much everything. Buying something on the used market and that is a few decades old is great. Cars, motorcycles, planes and sailboats are all such bargains. Thank you all for the replies.
  10. cruisingForABruising

    Recommendations for first time boat build.

    @Mizzmo, I will look into the Corsair 24 since they are cheaper and would get me a great trailerable trimaran sooner. I suppose that deciding if I like boat building in any medium is more important than working with any particular one. Especially being such a newbie. Not to mention the cost of the welding setup would cover the costs of an entire small boat. Thank you all for taking the time to reply!
  11. cruisingForABruising

    Recommendations for first time boat build.

    @Vadim_go, my logic is once the aluminum boat is built, the maintenance would be less than fiberglass. Also, it would hold up better to any accidents. In addition, it would be lighter and a very exciting project to complete! @xonk1, yeah I'm not sure if I would like boat building and would like to at least dabble in it. I've been dreaming of building up cars and now that I have a house, garage, time and money, I'm thinking I might rather put my efforts into boating. I could build with plywood and glass to build something fast but I wouldn't want a larger boat in plywood. Core foam would be great but from what I've read aluminum might be a better choice for speed of construction. The welder recommended in "Boatbuidling with Aluminum" by Stephen F. Pollard is the Millermatic 251 which is a pricey machine. The other recommendations I've seen on forums are a little more expensive but people say they are worth it. Welding aluminum is something I've only done with TIG before but seems from the previously mentioned book to be a do-able enough process for the average person. Saving up the money for a Corsair 27 is something I think I'll do either way. I don't see working full time giving me enough time to do the sailing I want. From Portland, OR, with a easily trailer-able boat, a trip to California towing a boat and then sailing to Mexico or driving to Seattle and sailing there is more practical than sailing the whole way. I just won't have the time off for any real adventures if I don't have a boat I can tow. If it turns out I think boat building is not fun then I have plenty of other things to pursue. If I enjoy it, well then great! I'll have to quit dreaming and start actually putting some of my ideas into something other than bullshitting!
  12. cruisingForABruising

    Recommendations for first time boat build.

    I am new to sailing and have never built a boat. I apologize in advance for potentially annoying people here since I know saying that is a red flag. Anyway, I am enjoying the sailing I have done and am considering trying out boatbuilding. I want to know if I like boatbuilding or if I just like sailing. In the little research I have done, it seems aluminum is a poor choice for small boats but a good material for larger ones. For the sake of seeing if I like working in aluminum, would it be worthwhile to build an aluminum boat just for the experience? Does anyone have a recommendation for plans of aluminum boats? I was thinking about maybe building a catamaran that could then be added onto a hull to make a trailerable trimaran. The sailing I will be doing is on the Willamette and/or Columbia River since I live in the Portland, Oregon area. Trailerable and aluminum are the other requirements. Feel free to tell me I'm a crazy dreamer. It's true. At the same time, I'm not married, no children and being in my thirties I finally have some extra money to pursuit my dreams. I'd really like to find a trailerable Tristar 24 but haven't seen one for sale any where near me.