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It is time!

The kids are grown, the real estate business is slow/boring, I just turned 50 so am uncovering the dream. Like Doc Brown in Back to The Future, my brain has been working secretly on the Flux Capacitor. If you have the final ingredient to make the DeLorean do 88mph then time and space are ours.

Translated is " I have been dreaming about sailing the oceans like a man with a vision." As a kid I sailed regattas on the Delaware in Stars, Comets and Lightnings made by Lippincott. I sailed in the Atlantic on anything that would float. I raced Lasers in the Carrib (on my honeymoon).

Now, I dream of obtaining my Captains license, buying a nice boat of thine own and cater to those who wish to snorkel, dive, sail, sun and eat like royalty in the Hawaiian Islands. Every year I will take a big trip somewhere with my girls to see the world.

To accomplish this I will crew, scrape/paint, get new callouses, learn new technology, night watch, photo journal, sponge information, sponge the deck, fix anything, liveaboard, sell boats (salesman), sell all I own, lead others, follow, gopher, cook (chef) and smile while doing it. I usually play well with others, handle myself well, low maintenance, fit, high energy and chew with my mouth closed.

If anyone has any positive ideas...I am asking for help. Willing to do same.

Mahalo!
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You didn't mention cleaning/repairing/rebuilding the head. Once you add that to the list, then you'll be ready to start on this dream of yours.



Welcome back to the fold. It sounds like you're off to a good start.
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The longest journey is the first step.After that ,simply pick a course ,lean into it and put one foot in front of the other. Sometimes you have to tack but that's what sailors do to make to windward. Steep learning curve? Maybe! Rocket science? Nope! xxxx Wait a minute. I just read what I wrote. What crap! must be the 4 20 kicking in. I've always taken the rode unraveled, rarely sail to windward,built my charter boat, let my guests buy me dinner and live out my winters in a Thai hammock.I know this may not suit everyone but I guarantee that you can be satisfied somewhen on your chosen dream.
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Chasing a dream is one of life's most fulfilling endeavors. Achieving is the icing. But, if you are anything like me, the cake is delicious, too. Welcome, Larry.
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Unless you want to do deliveries professionally to supplement income while cruising, you dont need a Captains license. Make a budget and determine the size of boat that you can afford to buy *AND*MAINTAIN* while cruising. Then, decide if the size boat you can afford is something you can love and your girls can love and go for it.

First step...come up with a sound financial budget and remember boats typically cost 10% to just maintain every year if they're in good shape, and much much more if they're in rough shape.
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