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Admit it, Denr, you had a little fun with that name thing - and I''m sure you could do much more.

Since you asked (will this guy ever buy that boat?): We just signed the deal for a house on a beautiful canal in SW Florida. We''ll be moving there in 2 years, and then I''ll get my shoal-draft cruiser. The sale proceeds from our PA home will buy the boat. No funds to spare right now for a temporary boat up here and no place close enough to home to suit me to sail her anyway.

The two year countdown may seem like a long time to some, and if I die or my health fails in the meantime, "them''s the breaks." For me, the countdown to my wife''s retirement (not mine) gives me just the right amount of time to get things in order (you know: Priorit-Ising). Sometimes the anticipation is pretty good, too.

Fair winds all.
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Duane,

How many guest rooms will this new house have????? Will you have dock space to spare? I''ll stop up when I retire and take the ICW to the Keys.........if I can afford to retire the way the market is going. (I knew I should''ve bet the farm on Sailkote shares.) If I can''t talk Denr to making the trip in his 34 footer, I''ll be down in my little 27 footer. It''s paid for!
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SailorMitch,

The house will have one guest room, but there''s always the berths aboard the boat, as long as it''s not summer time. I expect we''ll stay in touch and you will be welcome! Our dock is not that big but we have 85 feet of seawall, so that leaves about 40 feet for you.

I know what you mean about the retirement funds. My wife''s pension is about as guaranteed as things get, but our other savings have taken a beating. Nevertheless, I''m committed to making this happen and I''ll find a way to do it.

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Duane

I think you have one of the smartest plans I have read to date. I also think 2 yrs is a good amount of time to look for the perfect boat. Take your time now, so you won''t have to buy a boat that you will want to sell for another later. My search, as you know, evolved over a period of well over a year. I am very glad I took that much time.

You will also benefit from boat prices finally coming down. because of the good economy, used boat prices went UP from 1992 to about 2001. Only NOW are we seeing SOME reduction.

Save 38 ft along your seawall for me ok?

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Duanelifesling

By the way, will you have at least 7 foot of depth at your dock? I''d like a safety margin of at least one foot for my vessel.

Given your current time schedule for buying a boat, I just wanted to let you know that the price of sailboat rides in Chicago will go up dramatically in the next two years. You''ll have to wait until April once the ice leaves the harbor to take advantage of this special offer!
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JohnDrake, my friend, you can have that 40'' of seawall whenever you want it. Of course, we wouldn''t want to have to tow another visitor away, so just hail me first.

I appreciate your advice so far; I''m sure there''ll be plenty more boat talk as we go.

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Denr, I''m afraid you''ve got quite a bit more length down there than I counted on, me boy! As long as you time the tides for the approach from Charlotte Harbor, you should be able to make it OK. Some owners dig there own depth under their docks; I''ll just have make sure there''s enough when the time comes for your visit.

As a future southern Floridian, I''m tempted to ask you what that three-letter word "ice" means, but you already know I''m from PA, so I couldn''t fool you anyhow.

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