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Old 01-10-2004
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Gulf to Great Lakes

Some of you will recognise this as a followup of my MULTIHULLS? post.

My wife and I are planning to ''merge'' her retirement dream of cycle touring with my cruising dream. We''ve riden from Vancouver, BC to San Francisco, and had such a great time we decided to stop, sell the house and then continue the ride right on around the US. We will be leaving Sacramento by bike in September to arrive on the Gulf coast about this time next year and will then trailer our Balboa 27 in from California. We would then travel ahead by bike until we find a place we like and then take the train or bus back to get on the boat. The plan is to ''leapfrog'' like that all the way around to the Great Lakes. from there we will leave the boat and ride the rest of the way back to Vancouver.

I''m a novice sailor. Two months full time and occassional weekends on a Catalina 22 cruising the Sacramento River Delta where we frequently get 15-25 knots. This summer I will get another two months cruising the balboa on SF Bay. The goal is to build the skill (and confidence)to get out the Golden Gate before we leave in September.

Following all the good info and advice I got on my multihull topic, we want to get Arlete (my wife)sailing lessons and then charter/crew catamarans while we are in the Gulf and on the East coast.

I know the idea itself is different, but is it unreasonable, impractical, unwise?

Can''t wait to get your input!
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