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Excellent. What's her name?
Why she is called "Cool Change".

Funny thing is that I had never heard the song which is amazing given that I used to listen to a bunch of Little River Band. Also, just being a sailing song that I didn't know. My wife couldn't believe I didn't know it.
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BE AWARE-- It is illegal to interfere with them in any way --do not touch, do not ride -- you may look, and film, and that is all. Please watch for the "Manatee Zone" speed limit signs - they're mammals, and need to breathe air just as you and I do.

Unless they've been harassed by someone, they're very docile and approachable. Normally they move slowly and deliberately, but their tails are immensely strong, and they *can* move fast if they want.

I was snorkeling in the ocean off Hollywood (Florida) Beach when I got that I'm-being-followed feeling and turned to look behind me. Out of the corner of my eye I saw part of a huge grey body behind me. Having recently watched 'Jaws' (again), naturally my first thought was

***S.H.A.R.K.!!?!?!***

Turning on around, I found a large manatee behind me. We looked at each other for several minutes. Little tiny eyes, nostrils closed up, thin short back hair, green algae on the back, tiny minnows swimming above that huge back... an amazing few minutes. When the manatee left, very leisurely, the backwash from the tail was really something! After that encounter, and being of a rotund physiognomic persuasion myself, I feel that I have, in the parlance of my American Indian ancestors, been adopted as a spirit-brother of the manatee tribe. Hence my moniker.
That would be very inspirational indeed. Up here in Alaska there really isn't a large mammal that you would want to come up behind you. I guess at sea they are generally non threatening, but darn big!

I checked out the sites on Manatees, Florida gets another reason in the Pros column for a future adventure.

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Congrats! We had one just like yours and it ROCKED!!
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May your days on your new boat be nothing but blue skies, fair winds, and sunshine.
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Up here in Alaska there really isn't a large mammal that you would want to come up behind you.
Here's a little story to keep in mind when you visit us here, and you could try the same trick should you find a brown bear on your trail.
Woman stops gator attack with a small Beretta pistol

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The water in the springs is startlingly clear. Some of the Johnny Weissmuller 'Tarzan' films were shot there, as well as the 'Creature From The Black Lagoon' movies and the old 'Sea Hunt' TV show. If you can watch any of those, you'll get an idea of what I mean.

The water in the Keys used to be like that at times, but visibility there has gone downhill the last twenty years. They're still fun to dive, though. And sail. Have some good Polaroid sunglasses if you're going to sail them. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

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You mean beside the winter's warm weather and unfrozen sea?

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Congrats o the new boat and hope you enjoy the great times on her.
It is good to join the under 25 feet crowd as you will soon see how easy it will be to maintain her and very easy to single hand her.
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Congratulations...from Greece

It is not the boat that matters but the use you make of it and the care and love you spend in it. Seen here lots of inexpensive old and small boats...with smiling sailors on them going to the same places as millions of dollars boats with a full crew on them (I guess the crew get the best of it).

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It is not the boat that matters but the use you make of it and the care and love you spend in it. Seen here lots of inexpensive old and small boats...with smiling sailors on them going to the same places as millions of dollars boats with a full crew on them (I guess the crew get the best of it).

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It is not the boat that matters but the use you make of it and the care and love you spend in it. Seen here lots of inexpensive old and small boats...with smiling sailors on them going to the same places as millions of dollars boats with a full crew on them (I guess the crew get the best of it).

Again congratulations.

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Thanks Paulo. I have had many years of inspiration from "Interesting Sailboats" and it was just time to get a boat we could spend as much time sailing as possible. We are still on the lookout for the long term cruiser, but now we are sailing many times a week getting the experience we need for when that day comes. And I think I will always love the small trailer sailor, it has grabbed our hearts!
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Congrats! We had one just like yours and it ROCKED!!
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It really is a great boat. We all fit for a nights sleep, we can update/maintain it without breaking the cruising kitty, all the while getting out on the water 30 minutes from our door all the time. It is perfect for us right now.
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