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Why in hades did you come back???
When my boy was almost 2 we took him down to Los Angeles to have his tonsils and adnoids removed by the best ENT Dr. for dwarves. The Dr. had to give him a tracheostomy and leave the tonsils and adnoids. That was 2 1/2 years in hell.
You can't have a trach on a boat, if he fell in he would certainly die.
Now he's 11 and doing well.

Fortunately my wife is a writer and I can fix anything so we should have adequate portable income to pull it off as long as we don't try to hang on to too much land stuff.
Anyone want to buy a Porsche racecar cheap?
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Yellowwducky,

For us, it went something like this:

We had never "really" sailed before - occasional sunfish, that sort of stuff.
Decided it was something I was interested in doing, but like you, wasn't sure if it was really for us.

Gave my wife sailing lessons for her birthday - ;-)
ASA 101 (Basic Keelboat) down in St. Augustine, FL

That got her over her fear of heeling and with enough touch-and-go’s at the dock, she was reasonably sure we could in fact handle a sailboat and not kill ourselves or damage other peoples boats!

We then purchased a used Catalina 30 - well depreciated, so good price and good resale value – figured worst case scenario; the $5-10k loss would be considered the cost of finding out if we liked it or not and a couple of years worth of entertainment!

We sailed her home from CT to Northern NJ (actually NY) on our very first multi-day trip and then proceeded to practice and take progressively longer trips:
2 weeks to block Island – got to Port Jeff
1 month to Maine – got to Province Town MA
10 months full-time living aboard from MA to the Bahamas and back - got to Key West and back up to MD

In the midst of the 10 month trip we realized that it was for us, that we didn’t need the full year to decide - for us it was most definately all the great people we met along the way!

We purchased a new Hanse 400e (40ft) in Annapolis, set her up and continued our trip - We haven’t looked back!

When we got back up to Annapolis, we sold the Catalina to a great couple that are now starting on their path to cruising...

We’re back home right now, getting things in order and getting ready to sell the house in the spring and cut the dock lines.

For a bit more detail on our trips check out our logs under “past voyages” at www.svrocinante.com (the Maine trip is particularly amusing) or drop us a line.

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Ahh...that's a good reason... what model Porsche and define cheap???
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When my boy was almost 2 we took him down to Los Angeles to have his tonsils and adnoids removed by the best ENT Dr. for dwarves. The Dr. had to give him a tracheostomy and leave the tonsils and adnoids. That was 2 1/2 years in hell.
You can't have a trach on a boat, if he fell in he would certainly die.
Now he's 11 and doing well.

Fortunately my wife is a writer and I can fix anything so we should have adequate portable income to pull it off as long as we don't try to hang on to too much land stuff.
Anyone want to buy a Porsche racecar cheap?
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Were do you live!!!
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Danger- Hijack! Hijack! Hijack!

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We were already hijacked when Cameraderie jumped in with that consultant mumbo jumbo Cut the lines Cam, cut the lines!
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The only Porsche I'd want to own is the very rare 916... Unfortunately, there were only seven or so built...and it is a bit more expensive than the 914 ever could be.
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Any further comments on my part with regards to my 2nd favorite subject would complete an inexcusable hijack. I've done too much already.
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Ducky... money may not be a problem NOW. Remember these days fondly before a boat inexplicably and slowly siphons the life out of your wallet.

I'd take the advice of Rik and go with the gradual increase method. It'd be bad for you to jump right in, buy all the toys and find out it just wasn't for you.
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Thats why I plan to do some as long as possible charters as well as all the other tips (lessons, getting out on as many other boats as possible). I am going to look for a week charter sometime around april/may of 2009 down in Australia for instance as a starter charter (I should be able to get my skilled sailor friend and his wife to come along).
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