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07-25-2011 09:16 AM
lancelot9898
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Originally Posted by fryewe View Post
and great small colleges and universities enhance opportunities for young people socially and professionally.

. I can't recommend any specific place to you, but if you simply scan the Active Captain listings along the Gulf Intracoastal you can see the options. .
I think the Activecaptain website is great for learning about an area and marinas for the entire ICW including the Cheaspeake. Speaking of colleges I know that there is a great little college on the St. Mary's River off the Potomac River. The Governor's Cup race held in August of each year finishes there starting from Annapolis. Plus if you like history there is a recreation of the first English settlement in Maryland much like a mini Williamsburg with people dressed up in period costume and acting like early settlers. Many of the actors are from the college I believe.
07-20-2011 04:47 AM
fryewe Andrea, develop a hurricane plan soon, for yourself and your boat. Mobile is not often in the path of gulf storms, but it is often enough to warrant having an effective plan. If you are planning to move east along the intracoastal gulf toward the Chesapeake during the season, be sure to modify your plan as you move along.

Mobile is great, but even as a native south Alabamian, I can assure you that a move 60 miles to the east to Pensacola would significantly enhance your QOL. Mobile Bay is thin water except for its southeast quadrant. Shoal draft boats are great for gunkholing there, but I think you will find yourself limited in cruising grounds within the bay in your Oday.

We are in Pensacola. As earlier comments noted, the intracoastal between Mobile and Panama City is great, with lots of big water for sailing and some ditches between with great scenery, eating, and natural history. The beach area from Pensacola to Panama City is lively in the summer and a great place to work or play. Large military installations and great small colleges and universities enhance opportunities for young people socially and professionally.

And did I mention that there a hundreds of square miles of bays inside, and the gulf outside, for sailing?

Mobile has limited marina offerings. Turner Marine and Dog River may be perfect for you, but marina options are much expanded from Pensacola to Panama City. I can't recommend any specific place to you, but if you simply scan the Active Captain listings along the Gulf Intracoastal you can see the options. Open docks are more plentiful since Ivan.

All the best to you, and good luck.
07-20-2011 12:12 AM
aeventyr60 keep it all really simple. You will find you don't need as much as you think. It will be far more liberating to live simply. Enjoy!
07-19-2011 11:37 PM
Andrea Royer I read a lot. And up until this point, I've committed myself to always buying books I want to read and keeping them to add to my (just beginning to be) sizable library. I take the library with me everywhere, but since the library won't come and I won't stop reading, I guess I'll just have to go digital. At least the kindle will be a good addition to my library.

bljones, I really don't think size will be a problem, but I hate clutter, even if it's just a bit, so I'm hoping to be extra extra efficient.
07-19-2011 10:54 PM
wingNwing
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Originally Posted by Andrea Royer View Post

It's not that I don't enjoy cooking in particular, but rather that I enjoy eating much more (and am not the most patient person when I'm eating by myself). So then, it looks like SVAuspicious has got the food, CaptainForce has got the wine, and you've got the dessert. I can only take so much in one night, so we'd just have to repeat another night with a shrimp boil and gin bucket, courtesy of me!
You're on!!!
07-19-2011 10:50 PM
bljones One person on a 27' long boat? What would I do with all that room?
For what it's worth, we've found a number of ways to maximize the space on our 23' boat. The best advice I can offer is to find a place ofr everything and remember to always put everything back in it's place. you become a neatnik almost by necessity.
07-19-2011 10:33 PM
wingNwing
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Most of the laundry facilities in marinas have a big shelf of trade paperbacks. These can be jammed into your laundry bag; tossed into your dinghy; left in the rain and sun; forgotten on the deck; stepped on; dog chewed and still remain legible. They also provide readily available paper to write down Coast Guard VHF alerts and light list notices or lat & longs for the "pan..pans".. If they are totally lost or destroyed the economic damage is somewhere between zero and fifty cents! If I were a more responsible person I might buy an electronic reader, but with my casual tromp through fine literature, I'll stay with the book that is sometimes left in my dinghy! Take care and joy, Aythya crew
Yes, it's quite a dilemma - benefits either way. Really, no decision to read and take in new information is a 'bad' idea, whether you do it digitally or hardcopy ... Downsizing - with digital aid | Jaye Lunsford - Life Afloat | Blogs (www.HometownAnnapolis.com - The Capital)
07-19-2011 10:00 PM
CaptainForce
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Originally Posted by Andrea Royer View Post
.............I've only ever used the boat when it shared a slip with another boat with floating docks and a 20' finger pier. I'm used to tying up bow first and boarding over the side. I'll probably be fine with getting on and off however I need to, but what's your suggestion for how I should tie up? I've never had to deal with tides before, sailing on a depth controlled lake and only mooring in the Caribbean, so any suggestions to do with that would be helpful too!.................and that actually reminds me of one flaw I have in satisfying wingNwing's suggestion to go digital. I probably wouldn't have thought of it, but I'll have to get a Kindle (even though I've long avoided the iPad/Kindle debate by resorting to real book snobbery), so that I can read by the glow of the oil lamp.
More than 90% of sailboats are pulling into slips bow first. The other 10% are those with the "sugar scoop" sterns and find it to their benefit to step off at the "no" transom.
Most of the laundry facilities in marinas have a big shelf of trade paperbacks. These can be jammed into your laundry bag; tossed into your dinghy; left in the rain and sun; forgotten on the deck; stepped on; dog chewed and still remain legible. They also provide readily available paper to write down Coast Guard VHF alerts and light list notices or lat & longs for the "pan..pans".. If they are totally lost or destroyed the economic damage is somewhere between zero and fifty cents! If I were a more responsible person I might buy an electronic reader, but with my casual tromp through fine literature, I'll stay with the book that is sometimes left in my dinghy! Take care and joy, Aythya crew
07-19-2011 09:45 PM
Andrea Royer
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Originally Posted by Silvio View Post
Andrea,
Turner Marina was pretty good for facilities, access, parking, and they have great internet at the docks!

The neighborhood just north isn't the most prosperous but there is decent asian take-out, ask Rick T. which one and he'll direct you there. Commercial stuff like Wal-Mart and chain restaurants are a bit of a drive the other direction but definitely doable.

Turner Marina (while I was there) had a few live-aboards and seemed quite welcoming and friendly. You definitely can't beat their price anywhere nearer a large city.

You should be fine in the bay with your draft. Keep an eye on your depth gage and head out towards the middle, the channel shouldn't concern you much at all other than staying clear of traffic. It only gets real shallow along the edges and particularly the south west side IIRC. There are several old pipe stands that are at the water surface but the ones I know of are marked on the charts and have buoys or booms around them.

It is a nice full day trip to Pensacola Bay and another full day to Choctawhatchee Bay. Beautiful inside sailing all the way! You can also run outside pretty easily. I air draft 48' so I tend to stay away from the 49' bridges between here and there. Give me a shout if you make your way this direction, I am always up for a meet-up and a cheeseburger with another sailor! I am waiting out hurricane season and then heading to the Chesapeake via the Bahamas so stop by soon!

Not trying to be nosey, but you sound like a recent college grad? You got a job lined up or family/friends in Mobile? You might toss out what you are looking for if you are job hunting. Some on this board, like myself, may be able to offer suggestions of areas to look into that are boat friendly and have work available.
Thanks for all the info, Silvio! The eventual plan is to get Koniki around to the east coast, and I'm wanting to take a few baby steps for the first part of the journey, so I will be headed in your direction.

I will be done with school August 9th, with a business degree in Economics. I'm not really job hunting at the moment, but I wouldn't turn down a job if it was the right kind and presented itself (I'm always browsing the job ads just to get a feel for what's out there). I'm really hoping to just make the most of living on the boat for as long as I can and see if there's some way I can create a long term plan that somehow involves sailing and beachcombing. I totally welcome any and all suggestions! I'm a hardworker and have a good attitude about learning and taking instructions (plenty of practice from Captain Dad - haha), so bring on the instruction.
07-19-2011 09:30 PM
Andrea Royer tdw, I'm not a big person myself, so I'm hoping if I think small, I can develop small habits. And I'm going to seriously limit the amount of stuff I bring on board. Although, it will be hard to cut down my wardrobe - I do love my clothes.

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Originally Posted by ArcherBowman View Post
Andrea -
Which crappy lake? I, too, am enduring a long stay in Knoxville. I'm mostly on Loudon because it's within twenty minutes of my home.

Bill
Bill, I haven't sailed in Knoxville in the last couple years, but I was very involved with the UT Sailing Club and Team that sails out of Concord Yacht Club off of Northshore. I think it's actually just part of the river that we sail on out of the club. Most college kids won't drive more than the twenty minutes it takes to get there and attendance suffered when we tried to trailer some boats out to Loudon once. Do you sail Loudon often?

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Originally Posted by teejayevans View Post
if you are like most of us, your q-berth will become your garage.
I actually love sleeping in my q berth, so I guess I'll have to figure something out!

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Originally Posted by sawingknots View Post
mobile bay isn't necessarily that hazardous,i only wanted to warn you, not discourage,just get a good paper chart and watch your depth indicator,your not a sailor until you've run aground maybe hmmm 50 times,a passing fisherman or sailboat will usually offer a hand and a smaller boat with a minimal keel[draw] is often easy to dislodge,my motto is [when i doubt the slower you are going the less damage if you hit something]
Oh man, I'm not planning on running aground at all... but I guess nobody does. I'm not discouraged, just a bit nervous and probably will be a bit overcautious.
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