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12-30-2011 03:48 PM
deow
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Originally Posted by bljones View Post
If you want to get some crew time next season, get in touch- We are always looking for new crew.
That's a great offer, and I'll very likely take you up on it
12-30-2011 10:17 AM
emoney FINALLY, someone new to the place with a "plan" that makes sense!!!!! Whew, there
for a minute I thought it was gonna all be, "I just decided this morning to liveaboard and
want to leave this afternoon on a sailboat. I've never actually been on a boat, but I'm a
quick study".

Thanks for joining, and more importantly for at least "seeming" rational. Good luck with
your journey and I'm sure you'll end up loving it like the rest of us. Welcome aboard.
12-30-2011 09:58 AM
bljones Welcome aboard, deow! It's good to see another local(ish) sailor! If you want to get some crew time next season, get in touch- We are always looking for new crew.
12-30-2011 08:47 AM
deow Thanks for the info, Faster. I'm going to read my brains out until I get a chance to sail. After I get some lessons, I'll try to volunteer as crew. I think I'll figure out what I want to do once I get my feet wet. So to speak
12-28-2011 12:24 PM
Faster
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Originally Posted by deow View Post
I need to learn the difference between boats. Is this a matter of fundamental design and specifications, or merely equipment?
Fact is, most boats can probably take more than most people, but if you're doing mostly daysailing harbourhopping, or passages rarely more than a night or two long then pretty well any well-found production boat will do, esp, as wing-n-wing suggested, you pick your weather windows.

Boats considered 'blue water' or serious offshore boats will be better suited for long passages, trans-ocean type of sailing. One of the main requirements here besides serious structural integrity is adequate storage for food, water and gear. These boats tend to be on the heavier side, both in construction and displacement.

Loading down a mid to lightweight cruiser/racer with enough food/water to sustain a crew to Hawaii, for example, can seriously impact the performance of the boat until some of the heavy stores are consumed. Sailing solo some of these issues are easier to deal with as you'll need less.

Buying a boat already there makes sense except that you won't get the boat-owning experience you want in the immediate future (which would stand you in good stead once you set off - there's nothing like truly knowing your boat)

If you're thinking the ICW and maybe Bahamas then another major consideration is going to be draft, I believe over 5 feet can limit your options in the islands. However you can certainly follow that path with a boat that would not be considered 'blue water'...

As you can see, nothing's simple....Do lots of reading and research early on, and do join that club and get some experience on the water... you'll find your way I'm sure!

Here's a link to a google search on hull/keel types - should be some worthwhile browsing here:

http://www.google.ca/#sclient=psy-ab...w=1696&bih=847
12-28-2011 04:28 AM
deow
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Originally Posted by CaptainForce View Post
we've been liveaboard cruisers for forty years and it's an easy life.
That's a good long time. It appears that a love of sailing tends to become a lifelong thing. I'm surprised how many older people are out in the water, as well. Even though I'm starting late in life, I might still have several years to sail around with.
12-28-2011 04:15 AM
deow
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Originally Posted by wingNwing View Post
Since you're retiring, you'll have time to pick the best weather (which means you aren't limited to bluewater boats).
I could also buy a boat that's already south, and just stay there. I have to admit that I don't even know enough to make a plan, so it's all wide open at this point
12-28-2011 04:10 AM
deow
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Originally Posted by Faster View Post
The plan to cruise south narrows the field of acceptable boats.. and raises the ante on seaworthiness and good equipment for the slog down the coast...
I need to learn the difference between boats. Is this a matter of fundamental design and specifications, or merely equipment?
12-26-2011 08:48 PM
CaptainForce We share some of WingNwing's cruising ground and cruise south for the winter as retirees. We've been cruising north and south while living aboard on the East Coast for many years while keeping some community in 25 to 30 ports. We spend much time anchored out, but when we do take a slip we usually take a monthly rate. Daily transient rates are high. Free docks and anchorages with amenities are not common, but present for short periods and some mooring fields suit us well. There's a fairly large supportive community that tends to flock in specific areas with the seasons. There are "snowbird rookeries" in Vero Beach and Marathon that we avoid, but some like to stick with the big crowds. At the the northern range marinas are more expensive north of the Chesapeake, but there are great summer anchorages all the way up through Maine. We usually find our best monthly rates in Baltimore and the St. Johns River of North Florida, but cruise from Maine to the Bahamas. We know little about houses, but we've been liveaboard cruisers for forty years and it's an easy life. Take care and joy, Aythya crew
12-26-2011 07:03 PM
wingNwing Hey, welcome! We've been living on an older (1980) 33-footer for almost 10 years, and loving our life! Betting you will too. Lots of boats in your price/size range ... and we've seen some surprisingly lightweight things coasting south. Since you're retiring, you'll have time to pick the best weather (which means you aren't limited to bluewater boats).
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