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Old 03-16-2008
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Best midwest cruising

I have been considering buying a boat for a year or two. Sailed a 22' Chrysler for 20 years in central Iowa before selling several years ago. Now I am retired and am considering buying a boat for cruising and sailing.

I have taken several chartering classes and am certified up to 36'. We have chartered in the Apostle Islands in Wisconsin and also in the BVI.

If I bought a boat, I would probably get something in the 30' to 35' for cruising. Figuring out what boat is the next part of the puzzle.

It doesn't seem to make sense to buy a boat and live in central Iowa. All there would be is day sailing and overnights.

My wife would agree to move somewhere so that we could live near the sailboat. Where would that be? Our families and friends are all mostly in the Midwest.

What would be the favorite spot for sailing with the Midwest as the preferred location? Not sure if I have the guts to make the move but I am 57 and if we don't do it soon we won't ever.

Your thoughts appreciated.
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