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Live Aboard first sailboat new to sailing community

Hi everyone,
We are new to the sailing community withour first sailboat a 34' Hunter we purchased 2 weeks ago. So far we have run into a miriad of small problems.
The worst of which is the motor will not idle at lower than 950 most times 1000 rpm. Thru some injector cleaner in the fuel to see if that will help. (all fuel lines purged of air and both fuel filters replaced)

The better half told me yesterday she hated every inch of the boat not a good thing. She said her sailing experience so far is a headache. (she does have bad headaches)

We are workign it out. The previous owner used the boat for a party boat never sailed it and never did the proper upkeep so were sorting things out.

We are in Carolina Beach NC and we are finding that live aboard slip space is far and few between or nill at best. You cant mention live aboard at any most of the yacht clubs, infact the older gentlman at the yacht club we are at now told us he hates sailboats (oh well).

The yacht club we are at now was setup for us for initial get together with the boat and fix the fuel pump on the yanmar. Has turned into a nightmare.

They are now asking us how soon it will be before we will be on our way, I guess we have over stayed our welcome been a little over a week. The dock master told us we might have to go on the hook if we dont get things sorted fast.

(oops)

Problem there is we are both new to sailing ha

Have found a nice little place up at swan point marina nice people and we think it wil be home for awhile. Will be going up there under power in the next day or 2 as soon as we find someone to help us pilot it up there.

The better half is not happy with my piloting it up there myself on our first joy ride.

I want to say that I concider myself lucky to have found this forum, the weatlh of information is overwhelming and a great asset to us. Thank You all for being there. The sailing community has greated us with open arms in most cases but dealiing with large condo yacht clubs can be a different story in it self.

Live aboard is a freedom not understood by most and we are sure glad even with the start up problems that this has been a good choice for a new lifestyle and quite a change.

The name of our new vessel is the Saga and I am sure we will have Saga's to share and enjoy with others on our new venture into a new world. As a friend has told me that lives in Australia the world is our oyster now, just sit back relax and enjoy.

Again thanks for being there.
Enjoying all the threads specially the one about cats since we have one that loves to be on deck.
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