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Hmmm...beer and paint roller guy here...although I do consider myself a "young professional"(32 & President of my organization)...when I do learn enough to upgrade to a "nice" cruiser I doubt you'll like hanging out with me...I sail because it's fun and challenging...not to promote a (insert pyramid scheme here). Good luck though.
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First I want to say that I appreciate the thoughtful replies to my inquiry. Having said that I also regret that this is my first thread where I was quite put off by the siliy parsing of words in one post, the suggestion that my post raised class issues in another and the opportunity to make a couple of cheap and crass comments.
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Slings and arrows notwithstanding, I think I get what you're interested in: something like a professional networking organization with a sailboat. I may be wrong.

What I see in the sailing community is that sometimes you just never know who may be in that "not nice" boat that you may turn your nose up at. I've met people who turned out to be CEOs of major organizations, well-known people in the fields of everything from forensic pathology to architecture to the sciences but I had no idea when we were just having a good time together on the water. The majority of them don't care who they raise a sail with nor do they display a badge stating they are Successful Professionals. They just want to sail and have a good time doing it. I get along very well with humility.

I think you'll miss meeting a lot of good people (and perhaps your next career opportunity) by putting parameters around who sails with you and weeding them out by the type of boat they sail and the job they hold.

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I think that it is incredible what you have read into a simple request for information. Where did I put parameters around who I would sail with or weed people out by their boat or jobs. Your inane comment just supports my criticism of some of the posts!!
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Rusty, maybe take a little chill pill...

I take Donna's point.. in fact this recently came up in the club I referred to above in my earlier post.
We share the common bond of sailing... that's why we joined, it provided the social context we were after in conjunction with a hobby we loved. We had seen the club 'in action' in the years prior to joining and decided to get involved.

To Donna's point, during a large group discussion we all came to a realization than for the most part few of us knew (or, for that matter, cared) what the others did for a living. It's not on the application form, it rarely came up as a topic of discussion, having to fight for time vs boat maintenance ideas, tips and tricks, kids, destinations, etc etc - all the other boating related issues that were front and center (and relevant) to all of us.

As time goes on we know now we have doctors, plumbers, appliance repairmen, teachers, retirees, pretty much the whole gamut and the club and the experience is all the better for it.

Buy the boat... find a place to moor it.. you'll have to work pretty hard at NOT meeting like-minded people who will provide the interaction you're after..
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Rusty,

Try to organize a flotilla, arrange for moorings, restaurants, etc and advertise it. I think, however, you will have a hard time narrowing down the sailing community to whatever you meant by your post. Many diverse people typically get along and few I know are even interested in narrowing the list.

Good luck with your search, but I suggest you back off of DRF. There was nothing malicious in their reply that I read.


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Rusty,

I am now a bit confused. Are you a young professional with a nice cruiser or are you just trying to meet them? I assume you are in whatever decade you consider young (20s, 30s, maybe 40s even), but it isn't totally clear that you own a boat. If so, what is it? Nice could mean big, it could mean well kept, it could mean expensive. I think the question was valid. Another way to socialize might be to form or find a type club, such as by manufacturer. Those are often popular. However, I'm not sure if it will get you what you are looking for, as that remains a bit obtuse.


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At this time the OP does NOT own a boat, but has been asking questions about different boats for about 3 yrs.

Reality is, "MANY" of the clubs in the greater Seattle area require you to own a boat, not many take "social" members. The only one that might is http://www.seattlesinglesyachtclub.com/ One I mentioned in an earlier post. Another might be Sloop Tavern YC or Shilshoal bay. All three of these consider Shilshoal bay marina home if you will.

But as mentioned, most clubs around here have a pretty eclectic mix of blue collar to white collar workers/owners of business's to upper/lower mgmnt etc. Boat types vary from mid 4 figure boats, to some pushing 7 figures.

If he is looking to get on a boat racing, look in the recent 48north December edition, there is now a place on the N End o shilshoal to hitch rides. Seattle Sailing or Windwords sailing clubs out of shilshoal have classes and rental options.
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This my last post on this thread. I asked a straightforward question and all of a sudden I get some posts from those of you with exquisite sensitivities that question the motives and biases behind the question. Some of the responses were right in line with the very helpful responses from other threads of mine. Others were not.
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