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Howdy - new guy to SailNet

Hello all. The forum title said "Introduce Yourself," so here I am introducing myself.

My name is Bill, I live in Richmond (actually far western Henrico County), Virginia, USA, with my wife and two daughters (ages 12 and 16).

As far as my boating history, it's almost exclusively been on power boats. When I was about 5 years old, my dad bought a used cuddy cabin cruiser and we created a lot of really great memories on that little motor boat. The most memorable trip being when I was about 9 or 10 years old, and my dad, my sister and I spent two weeks living on the boat on the Chesapeake Bay. We cruised and explored all over the place, did a lot of fishing and swimming and crabbing.

When I was in my 20s, my dad bought a nice 37-foot Cheoy Lee trawler with twin Volvo Penta diesels, and we did a couple really great trips cruising up and down portions of the ICW in SC, GA and FL.

I currently do not own a boat, but that will be rectified within the next month or two. I've been totally jonesing for a boat and to get back out on the water for a couple years now. I've been hanging out at the Wooden Boat forum for a while, and I plan on eventually building a boat of some sort. I am a hardcore do-it-yourselfer and have a very full (too full) woodworking shop behind my house. I am an avid antique woodworking tool user, buyer and seller and also have some blacksmithing tools and small knowledge of that as well. As an old man I once knew said, "I have more tools than brains." Lucky for me, I have plenty of both!

My day job, which I engage in primarily to fund my tool habit (and now my developing boat habit), is as an environmental attorney with a large, international law firm. That's more than enough said about that, lest those of you who made it this far fall asleep from overstimulation.

Although the vast majority of my boating experience has been on power boats, I've decided I want to sail, so I have signed up for an ASA-certified sailing class, which is coming up in May. I'm really looking forward to it.

In the meantime, I've been scouring Craig's list and the internet for a decent, cheap, used sailboat for my "first" sailboat to learn on. I've eyeballed everything from Minifishes and Sunfishes up to a Catalina 22. I want to keep it relatively small, simple and inexpensive - small enough to tow behind my truck, and maybe take out, launch and retrieve by myself, should I want to, but big enough that my wife and daughters can come with me for a day sail, or maybe an overnighter with just my wife or one of my daughters.

I'll pursue the "what first cheap small simple reliable roomy compact easy to handle fun safe comfortable boat do you recommend" question in the appropriate forum section, though.


- Bill T.
- Richmond, VA
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