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Greetings,
My parents named me William, my Marines named me Doc and I have a touch of blood in my saltwater system.

I have come to sailing late in life... really just the last couple years. I spent 11 years in the US Navy though most of that was as a Corpsman with the Marines. Both my father and Grandfather served (Dad was a 35 year LIFER) so I spent most of my life near water. I grew up fishing various bodies of water from the California coast line to the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico and up and down the Atlantic coast. I have owned several power boats (small fishing types) but nothing with sails. A friend has his fishing boat berthed at a local yacht club and I have met some of his neighbors who own sailboats. I managed to get myself invited out a few times and found the quiet and calm very soothing. Twenty years as a career firefighter in a very urban environment has made me appreciate the quiet.

I spent three years working part time on a dinner cruiser that plies the Mid Hudson. I was working to get enough "time in type" to sit for my License exam but the vessel was a family owned operation and I didn't have the right last name so "Junior" got the lion's share of time in the chair.

I'm learning all I can from anybody who'll teach me and constantly on the look out for something small I can make all the mistakes on before moving to something larger.

I retire from the FD next January, though I'll have to work for a few more years until my Bride gets established in her new career field (lost her job a couple years back) and we can start looking for "calmer waters".

Thanks for looking,

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welcome and thanks for your service to our country. try to find some local racing clubs looking for crew
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Shawn summed it up perfectly. Ditto what he said, especially the thank you. Are you on the NJ or NY side of the river?
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welcome and enjoy the stay on this community
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found the quiet and calm very soothing. Twenty years as a career firefighter in a very urban environment has made me appreciate the quiet.

looking for "calmer waters".

Thanks for looking,

Doc
Welcome Doc,

Sounds like you are familiar with the water. Peace and tranquility sailing can be found along the Maine coast. Lots of places to tuck into. Open water just outside. Between Nova Scotia and Portland, ME you can relax, sail, fish and enjoy some beautiful places. Even attend concerts at anchor. Don't tell anyone. Nice sailing folks, too. You might consider looking. A charter or a cruise along the Maine coast would be worth investigating.

Thanks for your years of public service.

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Are you on the NJ or NY side of the river?
Western side of the river 60 miles north of NYC nearest place of any importance would be the US Military Academy at West Point.

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Welcome Doc,

Sounds like you are familiar with the water. Peace and tranquility sailing can be found along the Maine coast. Lots of places to tuck into. Open water just outside. Between Nova Scotia and Portland, ME you can relax, sail, fish and enjoy some beautiful places. Even attend concerts at anchor. Don't tell anyone. Nice sailing folks, too. You might consider looking. A charter or a cruise along the Maine coast would be worth investigating.

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I've visited Maine several times, I know there are a number of boat builders and yards as well as a long tradition of sailing. I'm trying to convince my Bride to take a vacation to Maine.

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OK. Too far away, or I'd offer a ride.
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I've visited Maine several times, I know there are a number of boat builders and yards as well as a long tradition of sailing. I'm trying to convince my Bride to take a vacation to Maine.

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Come up, "down" and visit Mt. Desert Island. She will love it. Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park, horse carriage rides through the park on woods roads that do not allow cars (60 miles of them), lobsters, a mail boat ride out to some of the inhabited islands and dinner on the water in one of the many fine restaurants. Boats everywhere! It is an Island! Portland offers similar possibilities. Great restaurants, ferries to the islands, train, bus and jet service. Boats everywhere. Its Maine! "The way life should be" It is true for us.

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