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Exit strategy

At age 76, with a boat only four years junior, I won't deny that decrepitude is creeping up on both of us at a somewhat faster pace. This would be a perfect mutual exit strategy I have sometimes thought.

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I hope to celebrate my 72nd birthday while heading down the ICW in October. I try to keep myself in relatively good shape, drink a few Margarettas, maintain 3 acres of lawn, and sail single-handed 50 to 70 days a year. I still work 4 to 7 days a week as an entertainer, which helps keep the wolf away from the door.

My fondest hope is to shot in the back of the head by a jealous husband at age 108, while leaping from a second story window with my trousers down around my ankles and a 19-year-old screaming don't leave me--don't leave me. The way I look at it, I'm gettin' closer to that fantasy. My wife says I'll probably be shot by a jealous 108 year old long before I enjoy that fantasy.

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Being a three years short of that 60 mark ( I am 8+ in DOG years) I am starting to feel like a young wimmpersnapper in this thread. I have already led a full luife both in regular as well as sailing adventures. Luckily I was introduced into sailing at age 12 in scouting and my father had a keel boat kept in Rock Hall. Although he ran the boat like Captain Blye ( he was a thorassic surgeon and had godlike tendencies) and we were considered as mere scrub nurses ( his crew) if loved being out on the water so much I was ther only child in the family who did not mutiny and would go with him despite is antics.

When I got into my late teens till mid twenties I was able to I raced hobie cats nationally in compettion, and got to crew on a couple of transatlantic crossings as well as some boat deliveries from central america and the carribean. At age 25 I bought my first keel boat a 28 Islander which I kept for 8 years until a vindictive ex wife decided it ws really her boat and sold it out from under me during divorce proceedings before they were finalized. Back to the hobies I went and raced with people with keelboats till I was about 40 when I fell in love with our C&C 35.

We are now looking for our final boat ( this search may end tomrrow or in a few years) when we purchase a blue water sailor to use at retirement ( for me 21/2 years) to allow us to travel to the carribean and comfortably cruise for months at a time. Although I love to travel and a world crossing would interest m,e, my wife who only starting saining 8 years ago has no such desore and I am thankfull for her interest in what we are doing and plan so I will not push it. I have heard many older sailors say they will eventually move up to a slow trawler, but I cannot envison that althoughti do think there will come a time when the work of running the sails may become too much, so this last boat must have that kind of ability to be motored also. Besides sailboats are more stable and safer so why the trawler. God willing when I can no longer sail tyhey will be putting me on the sailboat and goiving me the Vicking funeral treatment.

Remember 60 is the new 40 ( dont tell my knees or back that)

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Dave,

Did your dad practice in Maryland? If so, there's a good possibility that I may have worked with him at one time. I worked at the University of Maryland Hospital from 1963 till 1968, then at Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1970 till 1975. I was the Chief Cardio-pulmonary Technician at both facilities and worked with all the thoracic surgeons and pulmonary specialists.

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Gary he was Mayo trained...I was born at the Mayo clinic and practiced in a large center city hospital in Phiadelphia that had a medical school.

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Well I'm going to try to keep this post alive as well as myself.

68 years and still sailing long island sound. Hope I can keep sailing even in Heaven.

I too play music when I can. Just getting hard to carry all the equipment.
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Well I'm going to try to keep this post alive as well as myself.

68 years and still sailing long island sound. Hope I can keep sailing even in Heaven.

I too play music when I can. Just getting hard to carry all the equipment.
Rich,

About 10 years ago my equipment weighed darned near as much as my boat, at least it seemed that way. I had some monster Peavey speakers that tipped the scales at 105-pounds each, two 50-pound keyboards, mic stands, a 600-watt Peavey amp, speaker stands, keyboard stands, and tons of cables. It took 8 trips to the van to get the gear into the venue using a heavy-duty refrigerator dolly.

Today, my entire PA system weighs just 23 pounds, the keyboard only weighs 25 pounds, no more speaker or mic stands, very few cables, and everything has been streamlined so I can set up and be playing in 7 to 10 minutes. All of my gear is loaded on a Rock & Roller R-10 cart that was specifically designed for musicians and it's one trip from the van to the venue. Attached are some photos that will give you an idea.







I'll be taking my equipment down the ICW with me this fall and use it throughout the winter. I'm installing anchoring points in the cabin to hold the gear firmly in place and keep it dry. I figure it will all fit comfortably on the quarter-berth and I'll have room to spare.

The Rock & Roller carts are available at several online music stores and I highly recommend it for working musicians and entertainers. You can take a closer look at the cart at RocknRoller® Multi-Cart®

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Oh my a traveling sound system down the ICW. Now that will make the complainers about generators noise at anchorage sit up and take notice. Haha

Good for you Gary....Rock on...


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So, I'm sitting here reading through all these posts about sailing at 60+ and I wake up to find I am on the same post 20 minutes later. If I'm like that now, is there any hope for me later?

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