For a while now I’ve thought, “I should really document this process of searching for a yacht so I can look back on it one day”, but it’s difficult to know where and how to start a story that is essentially going to become the story of your life… so I’ll just start today, February 29, 2016 – today I bought my first yacht.
Her name is Kuna. Google will tell you that Kuna is the currency of Croatia, but searching hashtags on Instagram will show you that Kuna is also a beautiful Island in the Caribbean. In fact, the true meaning is neither of these. To her builder, Stefan, Kuna was the name of a dog he loved dearly and wanted to honor.
Kuna is more than I could have ever dreamt of having in a first yacht. A 38ft Adams 1992 steel hull built with beautiful simplicity, and capable of going anywhere in the world (with a bit of work…).
But let me start this story off by answering the question that everyone has asked recently, and that I have asked myself many times… Why do it?!
Recalling my first sailing experience four years ago aboard a 40ft cat with a retired South African spearfisherman brings back memories of the most peaceful and relaxing, yet exhilarating and adventurous, experiences I had ever had at that time.
Since then, many a close friend has listened to me dream of buying a yacht and sailing away, and I often conjure up images of the places I would go and things I would see while occasionally keeping an eye on the crew wanted ads of yacht forums.
Aside from the obvious lifestyle choice and love of the ocean, though, sailing for me would be akin to an education – something different to the expensive wallpaper type law degree and business qualification that I’ve invested $50,000 and 5.5 years in! I’ve always been the first to look at anything of a technical trade-like manner only to throw my hands in the air and say, “I’m just not wired that way!” But I actually don’t want to go through life with that attitude. Buying a yacht means not only learning to sail and navigate, but also learning electronics, engines, plumbing, and renovating – which is a hell of a lot of useful life skills!
I’ve always learned best when just thrown in the deep end, so I see the only way for me to learn those things is to bite the bullet and take ownership of it.
I might hate it. I might fail miserably. I might be really bad at it. You might all think I’m a fool. More often than not I’m going to think I’m a fool, too!
I’m positive there’s going to be blood, sweat, and tears. Times I’ll question what I was thinking. Moments I’ll wish I had just bought a house, worked my 9-5 and been a bit more normal.
But on the other side of all of that will be an open ocean, a beautiful sunrise each day, and a life full of adventures. So for that, and everything in between, I hope you’ll join me!