In our years of cruising, we often meet dream that end up like nightmare.I would say that in every port we have found a couple selling their boat for just a airplane ticket to go home, often when their retirement fund was use to buy the boat.
Please, movie are not like truth at all, and sailing is a skills which even with the fancy electronics of today, can’t be replaced.Learning the hard way is not made for everyone, except for those that love suffering by nature.
I do not say it is not available to anyone, but it need to be learned by small step and preparation. You may wonder why the hell I am saying all that, well this weekend the old boat from a good friend was abandon at sea and badly damage.
Constellation, a Contessa 26, sailed from England to Australia singlehanded with no issue. The new owner that bought it filled with wet dream and no (By the look of the story) experience tried a small offshore passage and asked by Epirb to be evacuated when the boat was doing fine.
Salvage by a fisherman the boat was badly damage during the rescue mission and not before.
You may find myself rude talking this way, but I just have seen enough of people losing a lot thinking that cruising are like movies… If this is your dream please prepare, try the boat, go daysailing often doing longer trip everytime which will end up as a nice adventure.
You can read the whole story of what happen here: