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I've owned a lot of boats during my 73 years on this planet. Most were power boats, some measuring up to 75 feet, but the best adventure was aboard my 33 Morgan Out Island when I took it down to Marathon Florida from the upper reaches of Chesapeake Bay. The trip, at age 72 was exciting, but the absolute best part about the trip was all the wonderful people I met along the way. Cruisers are ALL wonderful people, and my fondest wish is to meet them all again in 2015, when I fully intend to make that trip again. My wife says if I do she will divorce me, and if that's the case so be it. I've been married to this woman for 51 years at this point, so I don't think she'll actually carry through with the threat, but if she does, there are a lot of nice ladies that I've met over these many years that would love to enjoy the adventurous live aboard with me.

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THAT is awesome, Gary. A dream is a dream. GREAT ATTITUDE!
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At 41 I just bought my first boat last September, a '69 Columbia 28, and had intended to just bounce around Puget Sound and up the Inside Passage with it. For about 8 years or so I have had the bug to "go blue" and around the world but I had thought it should be on a different boat... I would like wheel steering, maybe a 34 footer, etc., but by the end of December I started thinking I may as well just go with what I've got. It needs quite a bit of work and I will be assessing what is necessary versus just something I want (is sonar really mandatory?). The goal is to be ready and to have the boat ready so I can throw off the docklines by Sept 10th... one year to the day from when I bought it. As for the funding issue, I will have some in the bank, but really I just figure it out anyway as it is. Seattle is getting to be a ridiculous place for regular people to afford to live. I have lots of skills and I am resourceful, so I figure I can be semi-broke in far more exotic locations where there are beautiful women in bikinis and I can live in shorts and flip-flops. I plan to head for Mexico and eventually make my way through the Canal and to the USVI.
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Really like this thread and gotta say I am envious of the ones that are living my dream. Actually I am happy for anybody that gets to live out their dreams whatever they be. Living in Kentucky I have no idea how I got the sailing fever but man do I have it! Unfortunately for me I have already become a slave to society. Big house, big family and big bills. I am laying the tracks for a future in sailing though and hopefully in about 10 years I will be sailing the east coast and the Bahamas with the rest of you lucky SOB. Part time at least.
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The title of this thread reveals a long-standing myth that age alone should be the determining factor and whether to sail or not. A more accurate title might have been "Are you healthy enough to sail"?
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We're all trying to do the same thing, just coming up with different ideas on how to make it happen.
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