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What Was The Catalyst 2 Sail?

Hello all;

I know that most of the answers here will be that; "I grew up on boats" or "around the water all my life" but I was asked this question and I had to think about it...

My parents came down for a visit and I showed them pictures of my new boat. For the last year I have been talking about buying a boat and taking a few years off to go sailing. I went to the Virgin Islands this year to take ASA courses. I think my mother has finally come to the realization that I am really going through with this and she asked;

"Where did this come from?" I have always lived around the water and have grown up spending summers swimming... But she says that she can never remember me ever talking about sailing or showing an interest in boats.

It got me thinking as to where I was actually stung by the salt water bug and as funny as it sounds I think I know where it was. The funny part is that it is the most unlikely way to start dreaming of sailing to far off shores. When I was 13 I had my tonsils removed and due to complications from surgery I had 3 weeks of recovery time. My mom got me an SNES game to play while I was recovering since I couldn't go outside (it was January in Canada). To this day I still play it whenever I am sick, I still have my SNES and only one game.

This was the game:



I can honestly say that I can follow my dreams back to that point in my life and since then it was something that was always in the back of my mind. My divorce last year put life into perspective and that was when I finally decided to actually do something more than just dream.

So when did you get bitten by the bug?

Oh and my mom said that she can't remember the last time I was so happy. It's amazing what a boat and some ASA courses can do to you.
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I earned my small boat sailing merit badge at Boy Scout camp one summer and was hooked. They had about a dozen Sunfish on moorings and I spent every minute of free time I had that week out sailing. We lost track of the number of capsizes, somewhere north of 36 by Thursday if I remember correct. Great fun. About 10 years later I decided I needed a new hobby and bought my first small sailboat, which somehow has continuously grown.
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When I was about 12 or 13, way too long ago, I was at the Twin Cities sportshow walking about and I got some Chrysler brochures. Been one of those things in the back of my mind ever since. Now, finally got my ASA 101 under my belt and on with Coastal Navigation (ASA 105) to get me kinda through the winter. Plan on doing Coastal Cruising and Bareboat Charter in the Apostle's next year. Trust me, if I could afford to be someplace warmer right now I would. Or even go to the Carribean for my ASA 103 & 104 but don't quite have the funds. Joined a local boat club and hoping to buy something in a couple of years. Krozet, I couldn't agree with you more.
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I wish I could say I had some sort of romantic calling of the sea, but alas, no. I do not live even remotely close to any large body of water. Simple fact is my wife and my finances would not let me buy an airplane. And since I needed to have a Mid-life Crisis focal point, I "settled" on sailing. Not that my dream of flying has been forgotten just probably not going to be realized. Sailing, however, has been a joy since my first class last may.
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I grew up around the water, I've been on boats all my life. My father grew up in Manhattan, dreaming of boats. He built a couple of canoes from kits when I was small. My love of the sea was really cemented when I joined the USCG and went offshore the first time. I didn't want to come back. Eight years later, working ashore, I built and launched a sailing dinghy. Launch day was one of the best of my life. I thrilled at the magic of sailing across the wind. Sailing is both challenging and soothing. I still feel the magic.
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