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Hello,

I want to thank you all who have posted such informative musings. The humor that seems pervasive is especially well appreciated.

I'm in the "same boat" as some here; I have very little knowledge (by most standards nada) but an overwhelming desire to get to know my way around a boat. Looking to eventually purchase a moderate size (35') sailboat as a live aboard/cruiser.

Having spent much of my life traveling throughout the great U.S. of A. and much of Europe, I would like to settle down and finish raising my two daughters while maintaining my penchant for travel.

Thank you all for your willingness to share your knowledge and experiences. There are many of us, I'm sure, who gain invaluable insight from you every day.
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Hi there and welcome - Enjoy and share your stories !
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Welcome EB!! Looking forward to hearing about your progress as you move through the learning curve. A little over a year ago, I joined SN with a lack of knowledge also. A year later, I have my own 32' boat, have sailed on it a few months with my family and completed a few upgrade projects... and now I realize my lack of knowledge is even greater. Nothing like the feeling of going backwards!!!
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Thank you for the warm welcome. As I grow in experience I'll surely pipe up some. For now I plan on sitting back and continuing to read, attempting to make sense of all the jargon.

I've got a book on the way that should help in that regard
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EB,

I may have a slightly off point of view from many, being a trailer sailor. If we we sitting down, sipping a couple of Sam Adams, I'd say buy a boat, a 24 footer and get sailing! Take a class, get certified but get out there! Whatever age the girls are, get them into it so they won't leave it. I waited too long. Now my youngest comes occasionally, my oldest rarely. Most of the time it's me and my lovely bride. Makes for some great romance but I'd give up, well, some of it up, to have my boys with me.

A 24 footer on a trailer would be about $5000, about 1/4 of your neighbors Harley. Mooring fees, nada. Slip fees, only on those special nights. So, for pretty short money you can get the family in love with the water now, when there's time for the love to grow.

So . . . I guess I've bared one of my biggest regrets.

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Thanks Don, I appreciate your perspective.

In my case, I recently went through a divorce; she got the house, I got the kids. So now I long for a "house" for my kids sake, while retaining a sense of freedom for my own peace of mind.

RV's don't quite get it done if you know what I mean -- and I'm sure many here do.
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Welcome, Easy!
Where will you be sailing, and are the kids old enough to enjoy it and crew?
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Welcome aboard! What part of the world are you in? How old are your kids? Are you planning on living aboard full time with them? Will you be home schooling them, or will they be in public school? If you're considering the full-time live aboard thing, check out some of CruisingDad's posts in the Sailing with Kids subsection and chat with him about what the lifestyle is like. I suspect it is a big change from what your kids are used to. Please understand, I'm not saying don't do it - just that your family has been through a lot, and you should make sure you and your girls understand what you're in for before you jump in with both feet. Renting an apartment (or buying a home) somewhere and learning to sail on a trailer sailer could be a way to get your feet wet while still giving some stability in your girls' life. Again, I don't mean to be pushy or nosy; sorry if it comes across that way. Just trying to make sure you've considered other options, too.

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