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Old 11-16-2010
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Getting ready to depart.

I'm getting ready to depart my "Plan A" life and get on with "Plan B".

I am in the market for a somewhat blue water boat, but I really don't plan on going much off the East Coast, maybe over to The Bahamas or a bit further. I am looking at a Tartan 34C and a Westerly Renown, but haven't decided yet. I may end up with a Catalina or Hunter, who knows. My plan is about 11 months into the 2 years I have to accomplish this. The first 18 months are for training, the last 6 are for divesting myself of my Plan A life.

You know Plan A, just what you were brought up to believe is the "real" world. Plan B is what ever you make it.
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Welcome!

We love our Tartan34 ('85) -

I hope some day to also do a similar semi-blue water with her. .....a lot more Plan A left for me though first.
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Right now I am land locked in the Mojave Desert, but I plan on sailing the east coast with a possible home port of the Salt Ponds near Buckrow Beach. I have found that the East Coast offers much more diversity in sailing opportunities. More "nooks and crannies" than the west coast, and the water is warmer.
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I have made the decision, and put a deposit on an Aloha 34 in Annapolis.



I will be taking command sometime before December 6th. The long wait my decision. I can't leave California for a while due to other considerations.
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There's an Aloha 34 (or is it 32) down the dock from me and the owner recently had me aboard. Seemed like a solid, comfortable and safe vessel, and much more room inside than the LOA would suggest (comparable or even bigger-feeling than some 36s and 38s we've been looking at). I think you made a good choice.

Congrats on getting going with your dream. Will you be spending some time doing some refitting or will you cast off more or less right away?
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Very little refit needed. Wash, sand, paint hull, get wet, go.
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Good luck with the new boat. We were in Vero Beach at a Disney Resort (timeshare) 2 weeks ago and we couldn't believe how warm the ocean is down there. It felt like 85 F. We rented a 16 ft Hobie to play around with. Lots of fun.
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Took my wife out on a Hobie on our honeymoon (40 years ago), lifted a pontoon, never got her on a Hobie again.
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