Greetings everyone.* Another new guy here - not a boat owner yet but a well established member of the OPB club.* Boating goes back to my very beginnings as my family took me on their little 24' cuddy sailboat on Lake Geneva as a 1 yr old and then again in Sydney Harbor* on another small sailboat.* Pretty auspicious beginnings that I doubt will be repeated anytime soon.
My first real exposure to powerboats (as it were) was living in Thailand and taking "klong boats" (long narrow river boat/buses with a 4 cylinder car engine mounted on a pivot at the stern with 10 ft shaft sticking back into the water with a bare 2 or 3 blad prop).* These were regular 'buses' to school or other areas since we lived right on a klong when I was a school kid.
Flash forward a few years to living within 45 minutes of Long Island Sound and having access to friend with sailboats, fishing boats, etc.*
Flash forward to fresh out of college, living in Baltimore and taking advantage of being so close to the great cruising waters of the Chesapeake but being limited by time and cash.
I'll forgoe the rest of the already long story (probably bored most of you already
)to bring it to this, I am a married stay at home Dad to 8 and 4 yr old girls, land locked in NJ and beginning the process of learning about what boat, trawler or other, will be best for :
- Cruising with a Family perhaps for a live-aboard adventure for a year (after several charters to determine if its realistic)
- Cruising mostly coastal waters but the ability to handle some rough stuff
- As a former sailor I'm not interested in going real fast, only going straight up and not on a heal.* Also want the ability to go right at the wind
I've blathered on for too long.* Anyone going to the Trawler Fest in Baltimore on Sunday, I'll see you there.