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I sailed a 14 foot Flying Junior with a trapeze and spinnaker. It motored with a 2.5 H.P. outboard and was trailered and setup in under 15 minutes. It was mahogany with a sandsprinkled on varnish floor for traction. I learned a lot about sailing with that boat and suggest everyone learn on a seat of your pants boat to get the feel of true sailing.
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Folboat folding kayak with sail, 30 $500. Older than me with a great history.
Sunfish, 31, $100.
Chrysler 22 33, $2500

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I Miss The Ocean.....Iraq sucks

23' oday pop top. I was 19 but that was only two years ago. I miss sailing and the ocean. Iraq sucks. I plan on doing a full refit when I get back!

I am looking for any crew openings in California. Please Pm
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sol cat 18 at age 14
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A 21' Saun Juan, the company I worked for actually owned it and I was one of the "captians" A great day sailer and a great boat to learn on
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Funny you should ask... I just had a reunion with my first adn wrote about it here with photos...
Zach Aboard: My First (it was a MiniFish and I was 9)
After that I had a Rainbow 24 junker that I co-owned with a racing friend (I was maybe 22-23 then). Then I met my future husband and we went in on a PDQ36 cruising cat that we moved aboard together (age 25) and never looked back. 11 years later we're still aboard full time, now on a St. Francis 44 cat.


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22 ft Jaguar [ think Catalina 22 ] at the age of 37. Trailored it to the west coast of Scotland and down to the Adriatic and had a fantastic time. It is hard to beat the Hebrides or the Kornati as long as the weather remains kind. It got me hooked on the liveaboard life.

I am currently in Florida after two years touring North America in a RV looking to sell the RV and buy a boat.
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1991 I bought Frolic a 1972 30ft. Columbia at the age of 40. Had her up until a year ago. I couldn't bring myself to sell her . Even though I had been on the cat since 4/03, and over 3k miles away. Here she in P.V. Mexico after sailing down from S.F. Ca. .....i2f
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When I was 17, my dad picked up an old SunFish for free from one of his teaching buddies. He gave it to me. After having spent the previous two summers sailing a 16-foot Hobie Cat owned by a friend, it was less than inspired sailing. Nonetheless, I know I learned from it. When I got married, my wife and bought an old 16-foot Hobie and had a riot. That is, until children came. Darn if I couldn't convince her we could strap a car seat to the trampoline. Ending up selling that and started sailing with an older gentleman friend on his 31-foot Pearson. My wife and I chartered a few times and then made the leap to our current Beneteau 36 Center Cockpit. Perfect boat for us and our three daughters.

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