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So sorry to hear that Gary.
For a while your posts on your health were much more optimistic. Wishing you the best possible outcomes.

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For a while, I felt as if things were a bit better, especially with the pulmonary rehab therapy, but with the disease entity I have to endure, better is often very short lived, which was the case.

Yesterday, was a kind of a shakedown cruise, but instead of a shakedown for the boat, it was a shakedown for me to determine if I could still handle the boat safely. While I was fairly confident that I could do so, the mind keeps making appointments the body can no longer keep. Unfortunately, I had scheduled a three week trip to New Bern, NC that was to begin next Thursday, a voyage where I would follow a friend and his crew to his new home, then sail back home single handed. After yesterday, I knew that I no longer could physically do this. I have to meet up with the other boat's crew this Saturday, at which time I will inform them in person of my decision.

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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Not good to hear but understanding your limitations now makes sense as no one including your wife wants to lose you. It does mean you won't enjoy the water. How about becoming a "dock denizen" with your boat and occasionally go sailing on others boats. You'd have the joy of hanging out in your boat as well as being on the water.

As we all get older we will all face the inevitable physical barriers age brings as well as diseases and ailments. Younger people are invincible of course and will live forever. As I approach retirement I see that more clearly now. I see many friends 10-15 years older struggling to keep their sailboats in good shape as well as physically sailing them. Many of them taking care of or have taken care of aging parents.

I never understand why people thing the evolution out of sailboating heads to a trawler. To me I would never buy a trawler. I would rather have a well constructed sailboat which can handle rougher wind and weather without rolling around, even when the day comes that I may start motoring a lot more due to physical limitations. I don't need a floating condo. One which burns fuel even if only one engine. I like not fearing going out in my little 35 foot sailboat on days most powerboaters, including trawlers would never leave the dock. To me having that huge lead keel under me is safety, comfort all wrapped up in one. Many of the boats we are looking at as our final boat are comfortable enough to live on for months as we travel south and north.

Gary, You are always invited to hang out or sail with us. I am always looking every 3rd weekend for guests as Donna is a baby nurse and required to work every third weekend. Would be nice to have someone who understand a boat and maybe less exerting for you.


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For a while, I felt as if things were a bit better, especially with the pulmonary rehab therapy, but with the disease entity I have to endure, better is often very short lived, which was the case.

Yesterday, was a kind of a shakedown cruise, but instead of a shakedown for the boat, it was a shakedown for me to determine if I could still handle the boat safely. While I was fairly confident that I could do so, the mind keeps making appointments the body can no longer keep. Unfortunately, I had scheduled a three week trip to New Bern, NC that was to begin next Thursday, a voyage where I would follow a friend and his crew to his new home, then sail back home single handed. After yesterday, I knew that I no longer could physically do this. I have to meet up with the other boat's crew this Saturday, at which time I will inform them in person of my decision.

All the best,

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Sorry to hear you won't be making the trip Gary. Was looking forward to meeting you in person and perhaps getting some fishing/drinking in. Best of luck to you.


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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Thanks guys. I as I always said "Gettin old ain't for wimps and sissies!" Unfortunately, I guess I'm gonna have to wimp out on the trip, though.

Dave, Thanks for the offer and if I improve a bit, I just might take you up on that 3rd weekend thing. Right now, though, I'm really struggling to breathe, even in my air conditioned office. Heat and humidity right about now could end up being fatal.

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For a while, I felt as if things were a bit better, especially with the pulmonary rehab therapy, but with the disease entity I have to endure, better is often very short lived, which was the case.

Yesterday, was a kind of a shakedown cruise, but instead of a shakedown for the boat, it was a shakedown for me to determine if I could still handle the boat safely. While I was fairly confident that I could do so, the mind keeps making appointments the body can no longer keep. Unfortunately, I had scheduled a three week trip to New Bern, NC that was to begin next Thursday, a voyage where I would follow a friend and his crew to his new home, then sail back home single handed. After yesterday, I knew that I no longer could physically do this. I have to meet up with the other boat's crew this Saturday, at which time I will inform them in person of my decision.

All the best,

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That's a tough decision but the right one. hard to give up the dream. Luckily, you already lived it more than many people get to. Wish you all the best in post-sailing life. Is your boat still for sale and getting any interest?

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Thinking about you G Stud... keep on keeping on
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I always laugh when you call him that. He really is the G-stud. He got some good sailing time in with Melrna, a sailnet member that we hear from all too infrequently.
She's a lovely person and I'll always be envious that he pulled that off!

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Dan, I'm putting the boat back on the market in a week, and in the hands of a well known brokerage. And, I guess you are right, I have lived a life that many folks never get to enjoy. This life has been a great ride that I wished would never end.

Shawn, sorry we were never able to get together and wolf down some super-salty Cape Charles oysters. I always watch your posts with great interest and think about you and the children all the time.

Ajax, Melissa and I keep in touch regularly, she is enjoying life living aboard in North Carolina, and she will be sailing up to New England in the next few weeks. She's a fantastic sailor and really knows how to handle a boat.

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Gary, if you are up for a sail I'd be more than happy to crew for you. You drive, I'll do the work.

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