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I was wondering.....

.... how many of you came back to sailing after a long hiatus and how has your comeback been so far? How long of a "break" did you have? Are you happy to be back?

I'm one of you, although I have just come aboard so don't have much to report on other than what I wrote in the Introduce Yourself forum.
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I walked away from 22 years in sailboat, trawler & small commercial vessel in 1994 to start new career. Was invited to fill in as race crew by a friend 4 years ago and have been at it ever since. Now it isn't a career, it's a passion.
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I came back 10 years ago after a 20 yr hiatus due to career building, kid raising, etc. What a mistake to be gone so long. The great thing was coming back and discovering gps, exotic materials, etc. But the boats have sure gotten expensive. I paid more for my 25 year old boat than the original buyer did for it when it was brand new.
I only wish I had never left.
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About 15 Years

The kids were 4 & 6 and I was the only one who cared about sailing. We sold the boat (my first Capri 18) and the pop up camper to move out of the condo and into a real house. I thought the dream had died.

2.5 years ago my wife and I were kayaking and paddled past a Capri 18 and I fell in love all over again. She wants me to be happy, so I bought my second Capri 18. I'm having a great time.

The big difference for me is that the kids are grown; I don't have to hurry back from the boat.
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We took a powerboat break and had a lot of fun on with the children as we did a lot of trailer trips to lake george to take the childern caming on the remote islands

As soon as they were older it was RIGHT back to a second J24 and then the Cal 29 when we realized all are friends were to old for the J24
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I moved off my boat, got married, moved to TX and bought into a business between Nov 1999 and Jan of 2000. Sold the boat then too. What a whirlwind!

Built an airplane and an older Porsche 911 to pass the time while in TX. We moved back to San Diego in '08 and put in for a slip at the yacht club again, as we kept the membership. Finally got the slip late in 2011, and we bought our C34. It feels good to be back into sailing again!

Although, the boat makes the Porsche seem cheap!
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