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Hi SailNet, new member here..

Hi, I'm Mike, I've been a live aboard on my 35' Chris Craft for about 2.5 years
She's a tough ole boat & I mean tough! I sailed down to the Keys from mile zero, home (Norfolk, VA) in March & returned in August. I was unemployed so I said what the hey, wanted to do the ICW for awhile so I did.
Boy did I learn a lot!! Main thing I learned was that the boat can usually take more than your nerves can
Coming back I single handed her 1000 miles of the 1200 mile trip.
Now I'm still unemployed, a little greyer around the edges but still smiling
I kept a blog of the whole adventure too, lol.. Som e of you may learn a trick or two from it, others may get a laugh or 10 out of it & still others might scowl or scorn the way I did things but I knew it would be a huge learning experience & it was. I mainly did it for 2 reasons; 1) to be able to say "I've done the ICW" & 2) To get hours & exp towards my Capt license which I will get this Winter/Spring
So That's me in a nutshell. I hope to learn from the members here & share stories whether they be semi true or not hahaha
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