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My husband has been a Sailnet member for awhile. I'm on my way home from my third trip on our boat (Pearson 32) and I'm hooked on the sailing/cruising life. My husband and I are both in our early 50's and decided a few years ago to try sailing to see if it was something we wanted to do full time in retirement. I admit sailing was his "dream" but it has many components of what I thrive on - outdoors, self-sufficient, freedom, independence. We bought our boat in 2007 and sailed her from Tampa from Miami through the Keys. Not a good experience - too hot, too steep a learning curve, new boat, malfunctions, etc etc. In 2008 we sailed in the Bahamas in the Exuma Island chain. Much better climate, friendlier people, more experience under our belts. This year we did the same trip as last year and consolidated our learning. We became sailors. Cheered when the wind blew and were sad when we had to start the engine to make headway. I knew I'd changed when I chose to go back to the boat to wait while my husband stayed ashore to take care of business back home via internet. Then on March 31 I speared my first lobster! I'm hooked.
We live in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. We enjoy all kinds of outdoor sports and each other's company. Now that we know we're sailors we're going to buy another boat this year. Want something a little larger and have our list of characteristics we're looking for. Our plan is to live full time on the boat for a year or more starting in about a year (or less).
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