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You Probably Thought I Died
Last year, as some of you may remember, I consulted this board, about various sailboats that I was looking at. I had planned a long retirement cruise that would have started on November 1, 2007. The group was very helpful, and I felt that you all deserved an update.
When you last heard from me, I was about to buy a Mason 44 that was located up in northern Wisconsin. Unfortunately, I had to back out of that purchase due to my wifeís unexpectedly severe spinal surgery. It has now been six months, and she still has a long way to go to a full recovery.
But, I havenít given up my dream to go cruising Ė Iíve just changed the plan. Yesterday I signed a purchase agreement for a home located one house off the Intercoastal Waterway in Ft. Lauderdale. The property has 80 feet on the water, a swimming pool that will speed my wifeís recovery, and a dock that will accommodate up to a 50 foot boat. I have just begun shopping for boats again, but (drum roll) Iíve decided to buy a power boat. (Please donít hate me.)
Now that my residence will be Fort Lauderdale, I want to be able to take advantage of the fishing in the Gulf Stream, and faster crossings to the Bahamas. Iíve also decided that, at my age, the rigors of sailing and exposure to sun and wind are too much for me. My wife, who is very sensitive to the sun, just wouldnít be happy on a sailboat.
As Paul Harvey says, so now you know the whole truth!
Having had three sailboats in my life I know little about power boats. (I did operate my fatherís twin screw Owens 29 way back when.) Iím now looking at fast trawlers in the 34 to 40 foot range. I know this is a sail forum, so if anyone can direct me to a similar site where I can get advice on power boats, Iíd appreciate it.
Thanks for all the help. Youíre a great group of people, and Iíve learned and laughed a lot because of you. If you do see me out there, please donít call me a stink pot, because Iíll always be a sailor at heart.