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I dont do anything and i dont know anyone nor do i owe anyone. i have a boat, a white one with blue trim. it has a heavy metal thang on the bottom and a BBQ grill and some solar panels. i went from San Fransisco to Mexico and it cost me about six bucks in gas.
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My profile says most of what it is. Retired Navy, former Marine and Air Farce (reserve). Work in the I.T. industry, mostly government contracts. Married w/5 kids, all up and out but the last.
Started sailing in 2002. Boats owned:
Grampian 26 in 2002, Hunter 31 in 2003, 2005 Crownline 250CR for when I want to visit the dark side, and my baby a Gemini 105Mc (new) in 2007. Couple of bareboat charters in BVI - 1 skippered just for the heck of it (being deck fluff was fun).
I've never sailed blue water, but have 16 years of sea service and 17 deployments with the Navy from amphip to carrier to OIC on a fleet ocean going tug (civilian operated) got rated as officer of the watch on that.

I prefer knowing who I talk to, and having a 'military' mind set - don't mind sharing information. Too many secretative folks out there giving expert advice with no backup on background.
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First boat was a gaff rig raft, I built when I was 9, Then a Hobie Cat, Then a 16' Runabout, Then a Donzi 27, Then a Catalina 25. Did some design work for a large powerboat manufacture. Helped draft USCG regulations for inland waters for the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. Provided Logistics support for the DOD. Currently have a Rawson 30 in Mexico. Starting a specialty day trip and bareboat charter operation in Puerto Vallarta. Consider myself a beginner to intermediate sailor. Planning on going to BWSS or Chapmans for additional certification. 2 wives, 1 Ex , 1 current , 4 kids .
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DH and I are both active duty USAF- he's the network guy, and I'm the Satcom chick. He's been sailing his entire life. Me? Little bit on Lake Michigan. He bought us a HV 17' when I was in Iraq, fun boat, but we upgraded to our US 30' Wu-Wei, which we have poured our blood, sweat, tears, wallets into. I love that boat- it was all worth it the first time we took her sailing. Despite how much you think you know about boats, you learn something new every day, especially when you have to troubleshoot an old boat.

We couldn't find a lot of info on US Yachts, so we made a website for US Yacht owners to go to: DIY Sailor, US Yachts owners group When one of us is deployed, the other one works on the house or boat- makes time go faster, and justifies my massive power tool collection.

It's sad- we took a month of leave a few years ago to pull Wu-Wei out in the boatyard and work on her. It was August and hot. We'd come home filthy every day. Yet, I loved it! Something about seeing the results of your work, and meeting other boaters from all walks of life! I think that is one of the things that brings us all here- no matter who you are or where you come from, it's the love of being on the water.
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Fun to Read ...Very well said...

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DH and I are both active duty USAF- he's the network guy, and I'm the Satcom chick. He's been sailing his entire life. Me? Little bit on Lake Michigan. He bought us a HV 17' when I was in Iraq, fun boat, but we upgraded to our US 30' Wu-Wei, which we have poured our blood, sweat, tears, wallets into. I love that boat- it was all worth it the first time we took her sailing. Despite how much you think you know about boats, you learn something new every day, especially when you have to troubleshoot an old boat.

We couldn't find a lot of info on US Yachts, so we made a website for US Yacht owners to go to: DIY Sailor, US Yachts owners group When one of us is deployed, the other one works on the house or boat- makes time go faster, and justifies my massive power tool collection.

It's sad- we took a month of leave a few years ago to pull Wu-Wei out in the boatyard and work on her. It was August and hot. We'd come home filthy every day. Yet, I loved it! Something about seeing the results of your work, and meeting other boaters from all walks of life! I think that is one of the things that brings us all here- no matter who you are or where you come from, it's the love of being on the water.
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Being half-rivetted and half-welded due to all the patch-ups she's had over the years she now has an odd ****-screwing kind of motion in a heavy sea. I'm looking forward to getting to see her again on her last visit to Australia in a few months.
She has a ****-screwing motion? Nice......
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I am also ex-navy (30 years) with several small commands at sea under my belt. The last was a large sail training ketch. I have sailed since I was very young, about 8, and still do. I took an early retirement to spend the summers sailing my boat around the PNW. In the winter I am a boat slut on race boats.
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Cool..... now I know where to get lessons... \

NO Chuck...Im not referring to Slut Lessons...good try though

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I am also ex-navy (30 years) with several small commands at sea under my belt. The last was a large sail training ketch. I have sailed since I was very young, about 8, and still do. I took an early retirement to spend the summers sailing my boat around the PNW. In the winter I am a boat slut on race boats.

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Grew up floating around the pacific ocean with my family. Then when I finished school went to work for the family boat building business Truant Marine. When I couldn't take that anymore went to work for a Kayak manufacture vacuum bagging composite kayaks. Then when that got old went to work in aerospace for Viking Air. Now boating the gulf islands with my family.

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