First and foremost kudos on a great site, the balance of good humour and advice is great and hopefully now I'm no longer a ghost member I can enjoy even more.
Now about me, Unfortunately I'm based in Birmingham and this a great hinderance for enjoying my time on the water I have been sailing and boating since I was 15, Regularly chartering yachts and sailing the south coast and IOW on usually a benetau 32' and having regular trips out on a friends rib craft 750, something I seriously enjoy!
I currently run a fairly successful Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Business after spending 5yrs working 80-100hr weeks for somebody else I decided it wasn't for me and something was missing, hence maybe thinking being the boss would improve my lifestyle and allow me to spend more time at sea and by the coast enjoying my passions. How wrong was I... It turns out I am making more money but I still have no time for myself to enjoy the things I want todo. Don't get me wrong I like my job but I feel lost.
Here comes the kicker, 3 months I decided enough was enough and I needed to make a serious change as a young lad of 24 I have a very decent amount of money in the bank but Im stuck in what I feel is a never ending cycle of doing something that pays well but gives me no real enjoyment or satisfaction and I intend to change things by moving to the south coast somewhere between Portsmouth and Exmouth and start a boat based business, something that really appeals to me is the sea safari sector and providing something that will put a smile on other peoples faces and hopefully give me a job I will relish.
Hopefully as you've read this essay you have realised Im not scared of hard work and I have pretty much sold my soul to a job I get no real enjoyment from, although it has given me the capital and potential todo something amazing.
I have done a good chunk of research and already spoken to my financial advisor and a good seafaring friend regarding the quals and insurance I will need. Nothing is set in stone but Feb 2016 is where I would like to aim for.
So my question to you ribbers is, Am I mad ? is this a pipe dream or with hard work and dedication is this something I could conceivably accomplish all replies will be appreciated greatly
Thanks again for reading.