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Good Things I Remember

Sometime I really get bummed out buy reading some of the posts and the problems people discuss. So I think it about time that some of us speak out about the good things we remember, That special anchorage, The weekend with the grandkids, The fish you caught yesterday, or just the feeling you had while under sail. Life is good, lets hear it!
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Thanks Randy, a good thought.

This site has had me thinking a lot lately about my grandfather, Fred. He joined the merchant marine in 1911 or 1912, when they were still actually sailing! Not all boats, and not always, but often enough to say they were doing it.

When I was a lad we used to row out from Fisherman's Beach in Swampscott MA, out to The Graves just outside Boston Harbor (about 6 NM) in a grand banks dory and fish by handline all day. It's long enough ago that it's mostly generic memory, not so many specific events; but they are all wonderful none the less.
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The good things, well, for this board, I have a boat. I remember back when I didn't have a car and could not afford a cup of coffee at dunkin donuts, the boat was a dream (so was paying next months rent), hard work, smart decisions, and things can change.

Although, if I spend too much time here, I could find myself back to that place!
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I can go down and just sit in the cockpit of my boat -- and smile the whole time. Doesn't matter what the weather is like either, it can be the middle of summer or a cold day in January. Just being on the boat makes me happy. So much the better if I head out into the bay for some sailing.
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So many of my sailing memories are tied up in my memories of college; the two are intertwined. That was a special time and a special place.
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We're out for an afternoon daysail with guests aboard who are sailing newbies, and a storm's coming in, and I'm stressing. Soon enough the lightning is crashing around us and the rain is sheeting down and the water is rising in layer after layer of misty blue mountains, and I'm trying not to show how stressed I am ... when the guest says with a note of awe, "It's beautiful!"

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Hey...all my life is good moments...but this is one of the reasons why..

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My dad was not a sailor but for some reason he bought a home made eight foot pram lanteen rigged wooden 'beauty' (Coated thick with fiberglass; I think there's still some in my back) for my birthday. I was eleven or twelve years old. It even had a canvas sail. We lived in Perrine (South Miami), Florida and I sailed that thing in Biscayne Bay from south of the old John Deering estate to Matty's Hammock for years. That was in the sixties, low tide smelled bad and life was really good. Gui's boy Fred reminded me of then. I sure didn't have the style...

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My boat came out of the water a month ago for winter. One month down, only five to go!!
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I remember being terrified of sailing when i was a kid... crouching down in the cockpit trying not to "fall out." Eventually i would put a finger or two in the water.. then my arm... and then it got to the point that my parents had to hold on to me because i was getting too daring for their comfort. Although it's hard for me to remember the details of that time in my life, i definately remember sailing with Mom and Dad.

Here is Dad with my niece this past summer on the exact boat that they taught me to sail on. It's a Dolphin Sr. Still sail that boat every summer and it will always stay in the family... love that boat!!!!

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