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08-29-2013 06:58 PM
Re: Live Aboard first sailboat new to sailing community

We stopped in Pensacola for a few days but only anchored out by the inlet in a nice spot by the beach.
Panama City also has good marinas. The panhandle is very nice.
08-29-2013 12:58 PM
Re: Live Aboard first sailboat new to sailing community

Oh it definitely has to be a sailboat. We are planning on cruising most of the time but starting out slowly. We will be in the Pensacola area to start out. Do you know of good marinas there?
08-27-2013 07:29 AM
xort First question....
Do you plan on sitting at one marina most of the time or full time cruising?

Marina sitting might as well be on a power boat, they have more open spaces and are generally more like an apartment.

Cruising can favor a sailboat, tho plenty do it on trawlers as well. That gets into the next set of questions on where you will cruise. ICW cruising is a toss up between sail & trawler. Going offshore, even just to the bahamas begins to favor sail. Of course personal desire can supersede other data points.
08-24-2013 01:07 PM
Re: Live Aboard first sailboat new to sailing community

First, I see that this thread was started 5 years ago.... so, if you are still here, how are things NOW? My husband and I are just now selling our things and moving to the ocean -- with the dream of buying and living on a sailboat. He has some experience sailing and I have NONE! I am not afraid of the new experience, but I am excited. However, after much reading on here.... I am beginning to wonder. Please tell me it is all worth it!
Thanks and I am looking forward to hearing from everyone.
07-13-2007 07:05 PM
Kimandray Hello guys,
I also am a new sailing woman... Coming along with my husband... I had many headaches too for a while... the waves, the wind, the lack of showers and shore, however, here we are in the Bahamas.... with the beautiful beaches and the marinas that cater to sailboats... yes, there are powerboats too, but many fellow sailor on small and huge sailboats. They have been so helpful and fun... We had some cocktails and appetizers in the cockpit and sharing of stories and fun... Don't give up... sail on... there are more nice and helpful marinas and people out here than what you've evidently run into... Maybe we'll see you on the water... and we can always lend a hand...
Ray and Kim on NuTrix....
07-06-2007 04:26 PM
camaraderie Congrats on the boat...Swan Point is a bit of a dump but the people are nice AND they have the ability to get your problems fixed.
Suggestion...pump out your tanks and get them "polished" ...there is probably lots of crud in there if the boat was sitting a while. Carry lots of racor filters and learn how to change 'em and bleed your enggine. Was the idling a problem whe you bought the boat? What did your engine survey say? Good luck!
07-06-2007 04:21 PM
sailingdog Eryka's advice is always sound. A good marina is like a good neighborhood, and makes a huge difference. It doesn't even matter whether they are powerboaters, sailors or houseboaters... just as long as they're good people. My marina is a mix of powerboaters, fishermen and sailors... and a good group over all.

When you have questions, post as much information and context to the problem, and I can guarantee that you'll get some solid answers.

Nothing is more annoying than when someone posts a question like, "My boat's engine keeps quitting on me, what should I do?" and they don't mention that they boat is new to them, but was sitting in a marina for six years neglected, and has six-year-old, untreated diesel fuel in it... If they had given us all the information to start with, they could be up and running that much sooner. UGH.

Good luck, and let us know if we can help.
07-06-2007 01:24 PM
conrat66 Hell give yourself a great big Pat on the back you are actually doing it. I have been a couch sailor for many monthss now and am having trouble gettin OFF the couch sittn in front of this should be navigation aide and going for it CONGRATULAT"IONS
07-06-2007 01:04 PM
eryka Prariedog - My thoughts from the 'girl' point of view:

First, get yourselves to a congenial marina ASAP. Half the joy of living aboard is the simplicity and wonderful water views, the other is the supportive community of other boaters. Just being around kindred spirits will help your mood and your SO's - and you can probably cash in on some live advice from your new neighbors.

Second, if the boat was a trashed party boat, indulge in some cosmetics (new cushions, whatever) to make it pleasant to live in. Even if you don't sail your own boat right away and do all your sailing on a teaching boat. Pleasant surroundings instead of someone else's grunge will help both your moods too.

Third (or maybe first?) congratulate yourselves on investing in a dream. Other than accepting when Dan proposed marriage, moving aboard was the smartest lifestyle decision I ever made. Love it!!! no turning back!
07-06-2007 12:03 PM
sailhog Prariedog,
Your first order of business should be to either pour yourself a cocktail and relax, or pop a Prozac. Don't know you from Adam, but you sound depressed, brother. Now say this whenever things start to feel a little overwhelming: I'm a sailor damn it. I can handle anything.

Your next two orders of business should be to tackle your engine problem. There are lots of wonderful people on this site who will answer your specific questions. Start coming up with specific questions for them. Once you're mobile, your mood will improve. Your wife's headaches might even go away. Might want to buy her a great big bag of pharmaceuticals just in case.
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