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Hi all! Greetings from the Land of Oz. I'm new to the forum and thought I would introduce myself and share a little about us, our sailing history and our plans/dreams/hopes for the future.

My wife and I learned to sail years ago on a friend's Hobie 18. We fell in love with sailing immediately and it wasn't long before we bought our first monohull, a Victoria 18. However, it didn't take a scientist of any sort to figure out that a family of four needed more space than what the Victoria had to offer. The next spring we purchased a Precision 23 and then spent nearly every weekend for next 10 years happily heeling around on various lakes and mudholes in Missouri and Kansas. Unfortunately, as so often happens, life gets in the way of fun, so we and our beloved 'Panacea' eventually parted ways.

Fast forward 15 years, kids and dogs are gone, work has lost whatever luster it ever offered, and the subject of retiring and sailing has been coming up with increased frequency and fervor. Within the next couple of years we hope to have at our disposal a small home in St. James City, FL on Pine Island. The house is on a canal with access to the gulf and ICW. Our dream is to buy a good used blue-water capable boat (Pacific Seacraft Dana 24 comes to mind), spend a couple of years getting our sea-legs back, and then see where life takes us.

I've been lurking around the forum for a while now, and thought that it was time to say 'howdy!' Thanks in advance for your friendship and advice.
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Re: Never too late (I hope!)

Welcome aboard! I like the plan!
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Re: Never too late (I hope!)

Welcome to the forum,

The Dana 24 is a beeeuuuttiffulll boat. I have a Pacific Seacraft Flicka and just love it, but I wouldn't turn down anyone that wanted to trade with me for a Dana 24 lol.
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Re: Never too late (I hope!)

The Flicka is a fine looking boat also...I actually prefer the lines of it to the Dana. The biggest drawback for me (wife, actually) is lack of shower in the head.
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