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post #1 of 7 Old 12-13-2012 Thread Starter
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Sailnet Helped Change My Life... No Kidding !

Hello everyone. I used to be a landlocked "northerner", now I live on the Southwest Coast of Florida (Fort Myers area). Way back in 2000 my wife and I visited the keys and met a liveaboard and it changed our lives. We moved to Fort Myers in 2004 (after marriage), we crewed upon an Island Packet 40' cutter from 2002 to 2005... Bahamas, Keys, SWFL coast, etc. I served as primary navigator and all around crewmember. How did we meet the Island Packet owner.... Sailnet of course! Since then I've earned my 50 Ton Masters Captain's license. Currently I help manage a houseboat rental company out of North Fort Myers on an "as needed basis". Always looking to deliver or assist in deliveries depending on departure destinations and the like. I'm very down to earth, flexible and know what it takes to make things work out and can roll with the the changes. I look foward to once again becoming an active member on the forums.
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That is a great story Capt. Bob.
Sailnut is a great way to 'meet' other boaters and sometimes find opportunities on other peoples boats as well as make new friends. Welcome back.
That 50 ton Masters license is all on you though. We did not make you do that!

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Hi Capt. Bob, CalebD is right, what a great story! Welcome back and I hope you have other inspiring stories to tell. I do think those IP40s are great boats.
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All of this in 12 years!?
Man, I have been sailing most of my life and have not done half as much.
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Thanks guys for the warm replies, much appreciated. It's been a busy 12 years but I feel like I'm just getting started! It also helps to have a supportive spouse behind oneself. Yes I may have done "a few things" but I always stay humble and learn something new everyday. I've got to give some credit to my mentor, Capt. Timothy Vaught - U.S.C.G (retired), chief officer in charge of sector Fort Myers beach. Learned so much from that man and still going strong. Thank you sir! Looking forward to a great 2013. Thanks again sailnet members, it's good to be back.

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Go go Bob! Glad to have you and yours for Christmas may you be blessed. Regards, Lou
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Hey Capt. Bob, I was just in the Ft. Myers area and saw the liveaboards there and around Cape Coral. Needless to say, I was very jealous and here I am now a new member of SailNet. I think we all can see where this is going. Merry Christmas!
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