Hi all, I'm new here and aspire to do a circumnavigation with 2-4 crew in say 3 years from now and need some help with an idea I've had for how to get there. Before I take on something like this, I'd like to ensure that I'm qualified and have enough field and hands-on experience to be able to safely achieve my goals. So, in order to develop enough time, I was thinking about the following approach but have not thought it through thoroughly yet and wonder if it makes any sense at all. I'm currently on an international assignment for work and have choice of location when I repatriate. CA or FL are options - so, something close to water. Approach 1: Complete requisite online courses Complete practical course to secure Day Skipper credentials and ICC etc. Concurrently, search suitable vessels. So far, I'm thinking of approx. 40' in the $150k range used but contemporary Buy a boat over the course of perhaps 6 months to 1 year (no need to finance) Keep it where I can access it every weekend and during vacations Find a qualified Captain that is looking to get into chartering but perhaps doesn't have the financials to afford a boat Strike a deal where the Captain can lease the boat to start his charter business (obviously this should make a positive business case for both of us) In return, when not chartered out, the Captain and I get to sail in free time and I get to learn from him/her Plan several multi-day trips to get overnight experience Once I semi-retire in 3 years, I should have enough experience to execute on the circumnavigation plan Captain can move on or maybe if it is working, I become an investor in his business and fund another boat Approach 2: Complete the education and practical experience as above Use charter / hire Captains to build time Look for folks needing crew on multi-day trips and crossings and use those to build more time When I'm ready, buy a boat and start the plan in the traditional sense Obviously #2 has much less risk and I am strongly considering it. But the benefits of #1 are that I get lots of time on the boat that I will use for my circumnavigation and I get to iron out all the gremlins beforehand as well as equip her and get all the maintenance done. I understand that I can also do that last part following path #2 as well. Appreciate any and all advice or insight. Thanks in advance!