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The wife and me

Should have done this long ago, as we have spent the last few years reading and learning. A couple of recent contacts with members from this forum have prompted us to introduce ourselves correctly.

My wife and I are about 6 months retired. We started sailing about two years ago with a plan to sail the Caribbean with a couple of friends. We took the Bluewater course from Miami down through the Keys to get our feet wet and get our first certifications. Unfortunately, our friends financial situation changed and we have had to put the plan to travel with them on hold.

While we grew up land locked, we have spent our lives traveling and living at the ocean. We lived in Manzanillo, Mexico working on dive boats as divemasters in 2002-2003. When we returned to "normal" lives, we took up skydiving as a past time and are now instructors. We have sailed on Kentucky Lake to keep ourselves current, but are looking forward to some real ocean sailing and passage making.

We have retired young, and our travels since retirement have allowed us to spend a fair amount of time looking at dream boats, but we know we need to spend some time on the water before buying. We are currently seeing the United States on a prolonged excursion on land. We talk to a lot of sailors and enjoy the beauty of their boats as we travel.

We are in North Carolina meandering towards Florida at the present. We hope to find some opportunities to sail and learn as we winter in the Sunshine State. As our schedule is open and our finances are secure, we are really hoping to get the opportunity to learn in some low paid or unpaid environment that those needing a steady income would not find acceptable.

Any suggestions are welcome, and if none are forthcoming, we still enjoy the second hand learning we are able to do here.

Stephen and Natasha
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