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My sticker reads: If you can read this, I am motoring!!

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My boat is smaller than yours.
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My boat is smaller than yours.
It takes a big man to admit something like that.


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Bring on the BFS branded grill
"if you grill vegetables you don't sail"

You could make a fortune out of the Catalina crowd.

Hey it worked for George Foreman.
I love vegetarian food...as long as its next to my rare steak.
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You could make a fortune out of the Catalina crowd.

Hey it worked for George Foreman.
George Foreman sold Catalinas?
Man, that sucks even worse than being beaten by Ali.

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I think most organizations/groups/whatever are too hard on themselves when they get introspective.

I stumbled on this site a few years ago while daydreaming about one day owning a boat - which is something that's been rattling around my brain since I was 12. I had recently moved to Toronto and starting sailing with a friend, and I discovered how soft the used market is/how fun craigslist is.

Seeing newbs get encouragement here, and specifically encouragement from Jonesy and others on inspecting the boat I ended up with, combined with Smack's great suggestions about sailing with little kids ... and 18 months ago I found myself with a boat.

We've been having an insane blast ever since. My kids might still enjoy a couple hours anchored and jumping in the water as much as a couple hours sailing. I don't have a vang, a traveller, or wind instruments. My outhaul is a reef knot from the clew to the end of the boom. When my sumlog knot spinner thingy isn't clogged with marina weed, the needle wavers too much to be really sure whether my trim adjustments help or hurt. I can't see the screen on my cheapie phone's GPS app in the cockpit, and I forget to charge the thing half the time anyway.

I dunno if I'm a "serious sailor." I like reading what gurus like Jeff and RichH and many others have to say about sail trim etc, even if I don't understand it all (eg. one line about 'feeling the keel lifting to windward' - huh?). I'm gradually starting to develop some comfort trying to bury the rail (harder than I thought). I'm thinking about cutting up an audio tape and installing jib telltales.

I dunno if we'll ever sell the house and buy the big boat. At this pace, I dunno if we'll be able to fit the kids on it if we ever do. Maybe in 20 years when they're all grown up

I'm having the time of my life and hopefully making lifetime memories for my kids - their crazy dad and his pirate ship. (looking for canadian suppliers of jolly rogers)

I mostly keep my mouth shut here. Lots of people with more experience than me. But I'm happy to pipe up and say this place rocks.
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Re: Fond Fairwell

Zedboy: I started sailing in British Columbia 18 years ago. At the time, I had four small children from first grade to just born. Wanted to find something we could do as a family and sailing seemled like the perfect activity. We mananged to get ahold of an old Bayfield 32 that I learned to sail on and we (especially me) were hooked. We were not full time crusiers, but my children have been "raised aboard" with us sailing regularly ever since. Today, with one grown, two in college, and one in high school, they still come sailing routinely, although it is rare to have them all on the boat at one time, these days.

Taking up sailing with my family was the best decision I ever made. It doesn't matter if you ever sell the house and cruise the world or not. You are cruising now with what will become the best crew any man could have. Good luck to you and your family.

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I mostly keep my mouth shut here. .
Stop doing that. You've got some time under your belt, especially time sailing with kids, and newbie time that is invaluable to other newbies.
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Re: Fond Fairwell

Zedboy,

People should learn to just prattle on about whatever takes their fancy. Never be intimidated by those around you, by your lack of knowledge or experience nor the supposed stature of your boat.

I mean look ... when the likes of CruisingDad, Smack, Jonesy et al continue to post when it is quite obvious they are simply blowing it out their butts , when the likes of Jeff_H is allowed to go on posting his interminable monologues that no one can understand and well, that silly Fuzzy fella is tolerated while he strives to find his lost village you could not possibly do any harm.

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