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First time here . Hi everyone . A whim has begun to take on a life of it's own . As a young man I was a merchant seaman , worked offshore some on small boats , & went sailing twice . Then I became a single parent when my son was 9 months old so I went back to the ranch in Montana & raised my child . More recently I have found myself adrift in life & dreaming of the sea . Little over a month ago I put my house up for sale & started looking for a boat . Then the notion started growing a life of it's own . My brother who runs 2 shipping ports called & offered places for a boat either in Gulfport Mississippi or Freeport Texas . Then a cousiin called & said she has a place on Cobb Island , & my son called , who lives on lake Michigan to ask if I wanted him to research a route along the east coast to him . Then my uncle called who has a place in Barataria Louisiana to offer his dock to me . Now this guy in his 70's could have gone to work for NASA & we'd have put a man on the moon in 59 instead of 69 . I think he went to like the 8th grade in school but there's nothing he cant build , fix , invent , conjure , or dream . What I expected to hear was alot of.......are you NUTS !!!!!!!!!!!! So I've narrowed my choices to about 8 boats in Florida & Texas & I'm beginning to anticipate my 1st problem is going to be moving a boat from either Florida to Texas to my uncle's in Louisiana . Any ideas anyone other then hiring it out , which to me seems way too easy albeit maybe more reasonable , for a notion as whimiscal as this but which seems to on it's way to fruition .
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Sorry for posting twice......never posted before & I guess I erred some how
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Hey, he did say he was reinventing himself. This is just stage two. Next he will emerge as a perfectly formed butterfly.

ps welcome to the funny farm Kjango. Good luck to you.
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Getting from Florida to Louisiana is easier than from Texas. Either way though, is doable. I bought my boat in Texas, and I'm currently in North Carolina.

You can take the Waterway all the way from Texas, with the only real bad spot between Shell Morgan Landing and Morgan City. It's too far to do in a day for most sailboats, so you'll have to plan that part carefully. Other than that, everything is one day runs, from anchorage to anchorage, or marina.

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I'm having a hard time imagining that from either Texas or Florida could be done in day......but hey thanks guys & glad to meet you.....I sorta stumbled into this site & have already gleaned some useful info the last cocuple days
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KJango...he meant done in single daytime jumps rather than overnight or multi-day passages. ie. wake up...go 50 miles...put anchor down...do the same the next day.
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