Ten years ago I stepped foot on my first sailboat. The boat’s name was Karma and the Captain’s name was Randy, which happens to be my name as well. I learned how to sail by racing on Karma with Randy and his buddies, who soon became my close friends as well. I eventually became completely consumed by sailing and soon lost interest in doing anything else. When that wasn’t enough i sold/threw out my belongings and jumped on a boat working as crew helping deliver boats across the Atlantic ocean and around Europe. This made things worse, all I could think about was getting my own boat and setting sail. When I returned to the States I bought my first small shity sailboat to live on, a bayliner buccaneer. I don’t recommend buying a buccaneer, they are horrible sailboats, and some of my belongings still reek of its mold. I started collecting small sailboats and rebuilding them, selling them, and giving some away for free. Basically I was doing anything that would gain me knowledge and experience with owning and fixing sailboats. I was working my way closer to owning a bluewater ocean cruising sailboat. I learned about rebuilding boats at a non profit club http://www.riverswest.org . Riverswest is such an incredible community of people with a wealth of knowledge. They teach people how to build and rebuild small low impact watercraft. I bug all my friends in Portland to join. most of them are blowing it. If you live in the Portland area and are interested in learning about wood working and boats you’d be a fool not to join. If it wasn’t for http://www.riverswest.org/ I probably wouldn’t have had the guts to own a wooden sailboat.