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Yeah time and money are two things I don't need to worry about, now don't get me wrong I'm not a millionaire or anything but I have been looking at boats and what I want is well within my price range and I as far as time goes I am on permanent disability from the military so I have all the time in the world. Also that being said even tho i was in the army not the navy i was assignd to a platoon of marines and spend a year with them on a navy vessel so I am very familiar with staying up all night on a bow or helm watch and am fine being at sea for ungodly amounts of time, if just never done any of this on a sailboat. So I guess maybe I'm ahead of the 8 ball on a lot of things a newbie would need to learn.

i'll be the one who says it:

I have all the respect and admiration in the world for our military men and women, but if you are truly permanently disabled, should you really be sailing all the way to panama??

and if you're not truly permanently disabled, i hope you are not collecting a check that comes from the taxes that are taken from my paycheck every month pretending to be disabled...

cheers and good luck.
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Re: Big goals or big dreams?

Have you considered a catamaran as apposed to a trimaran? Lots of living space there. I'm not fond of sailing catamarans bluewater, but that's because I'm just a monohull kinda gal. Cruisers I know who have catamarans love it. And let's face it, the space is substantially more than monohull. That's what I miss most about cats (used to run one professionally for a few years).

Other things to brush up on? I'd suggest navigation, off-shore medic, and heavy weather sailing techniques.

Along with you passport, don't forget your boat papers, a yellow Q flag. When you go into port, any foreign port, call harbour control. Let them know you're situation and intentions. They'll guide you from there. In some parts of the world you have to give an eta before you get there. Not sure about Panama tho because haven't been there.

All the best on your adventure.
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Re: Big goals or big dreams?

Trusty, I admire your ambitions so act on them. Only by sailing will you aquire the opinions over which ones will suit your needs. But don't wait until you can buy the ultimate dream boat as there's a lot of sailing to be done at all levels from Sunfish up to 40' Pilothouse. Sailboats are like cars in that one type doesn't suit all needs. Consider buying what you can afford now and you'll decide things that matter more or things you'd like in your next boat. If you do your homework and choose carefully it'll give you a down payment when you get ready to trade up. Good luck and keep us posted on what you find!
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i'll be the one who says it:

I have all the respect and admiration in the world for our military men and women, but if you are truly permanently disabled, should you really be sailing all the way to panama??

and if you're not truly permanently disabled, i hope you are not collecting a check that comes from the taxes that are taken from my paycheck every month pretending to be disabled...

cheers and good luck.




Thanks for your concern and not that it's really any of your bussiness but it's a real disability and it has absolutely no hindrance for me doing any and all physical activity. There are other ways to be disabled you know.
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In fact I think a nice long sail around the globe is just what the Doctor ordered!!��
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Thanks for your concern and not that it's really any of your bussiness but it's a real disability and it has absolutely no hindrance for me doing any and all physical activity. There are other ways to be disabled you know.
well, if you were fraudulently collecting disability benefits that come from the taxes i pay then yes, it would be my business... but since you are not doing any fraudulent things, cheers and good luck - i really do wish you the best of luck on your voyage as well as your condition. and thank you for your service to the country.

(the only reason i mentioned it is because disability/unemployment fraud seems to be a common theme these days with everyone in the USA jobless and all...)

and welcome to the sailing brotherhood! this is a great forum with a wealth of information and variety of skills.

keep us posted about the boat you plan to buy, a lot of people here can give you great suggestions about what is useful and what is useless on long trips.
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well, if you were fraudulently collecting disability benefits that come from the taxes i pay then yes, it would be my business... but since you are not doing any fraudulent things, cheers and good luck - i really do wish you the best of luck on your voyage as well as your condition. and thank you for your service to the country.

(the only reason i mentioned it is because disability/unemployment fraud seems to be a common theme these days with everyone in the USA jobless and all...)

and welcome to the sailing brotherhood! this is a great forum with a wealth of information and variety of skills.

keep us posted about the boat you plan to buy, a lot of people here can give you great suggestions about what is useful and what is useless on long trips.
I disagree that is your bussines to question anyone about the validity of there medical condition no matter the state of the economy but thank you for the welcome I have gained a wealth of knoladge from everything I have been able to read on these boards.
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Along with you passport, don't forget your boat papers, a yellow Q flag. When you go into port, any foreign port, call harbour control. Let them know you're situation and intentions. They'll guide you from there. In some parts of the world you have to give an eta before you get there. Not sure about Panama tho because haven't been there.

All the best on your

So how do you get cleared from customs once you have the yellow Q flag? Do you need to get your passport stamped?
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Yes. Generally, Customs/Immigration will come to you (some countries you go to their office). There is generally a place where new incoming yachts go. Once you clear customs/immigration (they will stamp your passport and ask for your boat papers), then you are free to roam. Don't do so before you clear. Fly the Q flag as you are entering harbour. Some countries they will inspect your boat; don't be alarmed.

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