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OK TJ, sit down, we need to have talk. See, when a Man and woman fall in love, they..............................
I get that................ but he said he was conceived when his father returned and was "8 years old" at the time.

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First boat was a Fisher Price yacht at 12" overall

First real boat was a 15' Alabaster Runabout

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First Boats

1st Family Boat, 1957 Sea King (wood). (pic circa 1959-60)
My 1st boat, 14' rowing skiff w/Wizard 5hp. (pic circa 1964)
My 1st Sailboat, 8' pram. (pic circa 1965)
Total owned to date, appx. 25, I've lost count!
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Mid 60's, sailing up and down the Nile river, past the Pyramids, "racing" with the feluccas. An open wooden boat of about 15 feet that my dad called a 'bath tub with a mast in it'. It hooked me! Ever since then, I've sailed anything I could beg, borrow or st.... Snarks, Sunfish, Hobies, even crewed on larger (Beneteau and a J) boats too.
Finally purchased my own Mirage 5.5 about 12 years ago. Great starter boat, still have it and will probably keep it to give to my boys when I move up to a larger boat.
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I posted this some time ago:

Finally, the day had arrived. The day to put the boat in the water and make sail. After co-opting my eldest daughter and her husband as the unwitting crew, we set out to rig and launch the beast, a case of the blind leading the blind. After getting her in the water and managing not to hit that big rock by the boat ramp, we motor out about 100 yards and make sail. First the Jib, then the main as we catch wind and begin to move. We start off downwind running wing and wing SAILING! Hmm, there's an inch or so of water there in the cabin sole, ok, no worries. We run down the lake a bit feeling splendid when we notice that one of the cabin footwells is now full . Ok, now to beat back to windward. We come about on a starboard tack and find that every time we try to run close hauled she falls off the wind, not much help from the tiller. Ok, the motor being down must be canceling the rudder so we lift it. Bang! The motor drops back in and refuses to stay up so we're now steering with both the motor and the rudder. Back and forth we go trying to work our way to windward but everytime we get headway and attempt to close haul, the wind drops and she falls off. We're heeling somewhat and remember the keel, only to find it's rusted in place. After tacking back and forth and going in circles for an hour or so, I'm noticing that water is bubbling up through the keel cable hole and both footwells are now full. Ok, time to motor back but the motor isn't cooperating now. Three minutes of furious cranking later, I decide to prime it. Vroom! We're off and running. A fast skiboat goes tearing by and I crack the throttle open only to have the water in the boat rush back and bury the motor . Hmm, a couple of yanks and we're off once more with a bit less throttle and the crew perch on the forepeak for balance. We get back to the ramp and the Son in law, missjudging the depth, hops off with a bowline and disappears. He pops up momentarily and we enjoy a laugh at his expense. When we get the bowline hooked and winch her onto the trailer I notice the bowhook comes in under the winch, how strange. In a hurry to get the boat out, I pull forward. The wildly waving arms of my daughter stop me. I get out only to find that the tires are almost flat from the weight and that the tiller, which I forgot to pull in the rush, has dragged and twisted forward into the transom. Matter of fact, the back trailer frame is dragging, Good Lord! So we pull the newly discovered drain plug and notice another stream of water UNDER the boat. Upon checking this out we find a nice 2" hole in the hull that had been hiding behind the rub rails of the trailer. Eventually, enough water drained out that we could refloat her and get her all the way on the trailer as well as pull off the now shattered tiller/rudder. Lessons learned? Use a check list. Take rain gear and warm clothes, we were all in tees and shorts when that cold rain just popped up. Sailing's a BLAST, even when it's not. So now we work on the boat so we can get back out there as soon as possible.

I've since had the boat out over a hundred times. I've kicked butts on much larger boats, had the cabin windows in the water as planing surfaces and had a ball. Even when I get the big boat, I'll keep this one for when I wanna just go out and tear the water up!
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Goose, thanks for having that talk with sailortj.

A little clarification and military history. Dad returned in early 1946...a war was ending if you took US history. I was born in October 1946, which just happened to be 9 months after mom and dad met in Chicago when he returned. The II was bought in 1954. 54 minus 46 = 8. Goose probably covered the rest.

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Charlie Cobra,

Loved that story the first time I read it and laughed again this time. Certainly not funny in the doing, but great story after the fact.
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Sure was a learning day and set the hook deeply and forever.
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Dolphin Sr.

My first boat was my mom and dad's Dolphin Sr. but MY official first boat was a 1975 O'Day 22.

Dolphin Sr... kinda like a Sunfish on steroids:
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