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Old 07-02-2010
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Another newb checking in :)

Well then, I guess I should introduce myself.

I don't even own a boat currently; I have never owned a sailboat. I do frequently operate a powerboat, but that's for work - a 21' aluminum, center console rescue boat. And I'm not exactly an old hand at that, even.

I have been a law enforcement Park Ranger since 2007, which is when I started the boat operating phase of my career. Before that I was a plain old cop - a Deputy Sheriff - for...let's see...must have been about 1,000 years. Or maybe it was seven, but who's counting? (My username actually goes back to when I was a Deputy, the Six pointed badge.)

To sort of change topics here, and to make a long story short (I know, too late), my wife has been passionate about sailing for many years; for at least the fifteen years that we've been together. For some reason, she finally infected me with the sailing bug about a year ago.

I've been reading voraciously on the subject ever since, and letting myself daydream a bit (okay, a really really lot) about what it's going to feel like the first time I get wind in my sails.

(I've also been lurking on a number of forums, but I have only recently decided to join one, and this one seemed to have the best folks on it, so it was my choice. Man, there's a lot of info to be had here. Good job, all.)

We plan to retire to a boat - probably a catamaran in the mid-40' range.

In the meantime, since retirement is still approximately ten years in our future, we are planning to get a trailer sailer and hit some inland waters.

That is also still in the research phase; any thoughts / tips / suggestions would be more than welcome.

Well, I'm going to sign off now - hope to talk with everyone soon.

Fair winds,

Sidney (Sixpoint)
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Hi Sidney, welcome aboard. Starting with a trailer boat is a good idea. Telling us your location will get a more focused response. Be careful at work (I just retired), have fun on the water.
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Hi WanderingStar,

I'm in north Louisiana. Not generally what one thinks of when one thinks of good sailing waters, or so it seems to me - but I'm about 20 minutes away from Toledo Bend Reservoir, which is (I'm told) the fifth largest man-made lake in the United States (between 190K acres or so).

I've seen a few sailboats there, but it seems to me that this lake is under-used by sailors, and I'm actually sort of curious as to why; but that is a subject for another post, that I intend to post shortly.
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Any lake that's 60 miles long and doesn't have low bridges, should be a fine place to sail.

If the reservoir is at least 10' deep, you could choose any boat which strikes your fancy.
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