Hello, everyone! I am new to the forum, but enjoy reading many of the threads as I look forward one day to moving up to a bigger boat. So, a bit about me. I live in eastern NC and have been going to the coast since I was a little boy. My dad would take us to Harker's Island for a week of fishing for flounder or whatever else edible we could catch out of our 15 foot Galaxy. As we would motor around inside the hook, I would admire all the boats gathered for the 4th of July holiday and I decided that one day I wanted to own a boat that I could go out and live on.
I have always also had a desire to travel the ICW up and down the east coast, and that has only been fueled by reading about the Loop, and wow wouldn't that be awesome. I would say that my wife isn't sure she shares my desires to do this, but I am hopeful that if I find the right boat, perhaps she will see the light. Either that or I might have to do some of this single handed...and that would be a shame.
So, currently we have a Boston Whaler Montauk 210, which is nice boat for the waters around Morehead City/Beaufort/Cape Lookout. I have read about many boats and certainly have read much advice to charter first....which is certainly reasonable on many levels. We are going to Baltimore this weekend for Trawlerfest, which I hope will help my wife get a bit more excited/accepting of the idea of cruising. We will see.