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04-25-2010 06:28 PM
Capttman Life isn't what you have it is what you do, you can be one of the masses or be yourself, its what you make it...
04-24-2010 05:09 PM
Great Posts..

I think you are all doing great with your ideas. Just keep it safe and affordable. It's a great life to live aboard a sailboat. I have done it for many years now. I only wish I did it sooner. Be safe out there when cruising and lock everything when you leave it!
01-21-2010 11:27 PM
Cal28 Another great thread ...

I turned 61 last March ... since I was young have always wanted to sail/cruise but never took the time ... (close several times)

took the plunge last June ... bought a '67 Cal 28 ... she's been neglected but is just what I need as I will learn every inch of her ... (probably the masthead included ... shivers) ... and learn to sail well with her ...

Six months in and on paper I am already far behind schedule ... but not merely throwing money at her ... rather learning about systems (and myself) ...

I'll have my Coast Guard's captain's license by the end of the year ... and hopefully 600 hours of sailing her under my belt ...

The projects keep growing ... and priorities change ... I read somewhere on the forums here that it is like being a city manager ... with responsibility for all the systems ... including education ... how true

The more I learn ... the more I find I don't know ... the wealth of knowledge here (on the forums) is truly staggering ... and I am thankful for that

I have a wonderful partner who provides moral support as well as hands on experience ...

I would hope to crew on a Baha boat in 2012 ... then get the 'cruiser' upon returning ... spending the year getting her ready for 2013 ... thoughts turning to probably a small cat (been reading alot of Sailor Dog's posts) ... and heading out under the Golden Gate the following year ... turning left ... and heading for the Caribbean ...
01-21-2010 08:52 PM
smackdaddy Hey cmom - welcome back. Do you guys have a blog? Where did you go? And how long were you out?
01-21-2010 08:47 PM
cruisingmom GO! I think you will find it all worthwhile. We returned from a year cruising,with 3 kids, have been home a years and a half and are working hard to go again. hopefully this year. It was a wonderful wonderful experience.
04-09-2006 12:37 AM
its up to you

I have circumnavigated the Pacific 3 times between jobs and getting paid during and am counting the days until I can return.

The question is do you want to live to have things or do you want to live?

I recommend CA, Mexico to break in and head east.

04-02-2006 12:25 PM
timetasell Thank you Eryka Your info is an asset to say the least! Donna and I find ourselves in constant communication regarding this "Bold Move" . Its all we talk about.
That is a very good idea. We had thought to do the boat show but new not of the cruising thingy.Thanks!
We are thinking about posting some "want to meet cruising families" on here and some other sites. Not sure how that will pan out....Thanks again......Mark
04-02-2006 11:53 AM
eryka Mark, check out Seven Seas Cruising Association, They're focused specifically on living aboard & traveling by boat, more specific to your Qs. They have "gams" (gatherings of liveaboards/sailors) in Maine in summer, Florida in winter, Annapolis MD in fall (do you see the seasonal migration pattern here?) specific dates are probably on their website. You would meet lots of cruising liveaboards. Many arrive by boat and my guess is they would be only too happy to tour your family thru their floating homes and explain the differences between a sailboat for cruising and one for inshore weekending. A second idea for you is a big sailboat show. The Annapolis sailboat show - it would be educational for you to walk aboard a large number of different boats, speak with gear manufacturers, etc. (I'm guessing Annapolis is only about a day's travel for you? Don't know where in NC you are) You could get double mileage from this trip; the Annapolis SSCA meeting is in early October, timed with the boat show.
04-02-2006 10:10 AM
timetasell Thanks for the advice we have received on this thread! It does make sense to look into a smaller boat. We were under the impression that longer would be long as we could handle her well. We are not stuck on the 50 foot range by no means and will be looking into many sizes to be sure.
15 years ago I built my home.....really! I did the entire home with just a little help from our friends...3000 sq. feet with ingroung pool in the back. We spent 6 years total during the planning and building stage living in a 35 foot camper on the land where I was building our home. At that time our oldest was around 6 years old. It became very cramped for us. But that was also another way of land living....not cruising.
We would love to get to know another cpl or family that is doing it. It would be great to be able to talk real time with someone like that. We are in hope to meet someone like this soon.....maybe on this site.....until then we will keep on asking questions and getting good info.......Thanks ....Mark
03-31-2006 12:03 PM
EVENSTAR I think you have received ome excellent advice. I enjoyed reading the responses as well. I too am dreaming of cruising the seas. After a lifetime of working, and five divorces (sometimes hard to find a partner with the same dreams), retirement is right around the corner. I have bought the boat, 40ft Challenger ketch.....putting her together the best I can, on the budget I have. My departure date is Oct '07 headed for Mexico and beyond. The one peice of advice I was given by a cruiser was to pick a date, and stick to it. It's hard sometimes.....budget and all.....but I love living aboard and bringing "EVENSTAR" back to be the grand cruising lady she deserves to be. Yeah, yeah....obsessed. Dreams of a lifetime comming true. Don't get better than that. Hang in there, enjoy the freedom of turning loose the THINGS, and never give up.
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