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Just a quick hiya from a new member. My name is Doug, and I live in St. Augustine, Florida.

I have owned many boats over the years (though most of them were power boats), and have always dreamed of having a decent-sized cruising sailboat to travel the world and live aboard.

About six months ago, I realized the first step in that dream and purchased IBIS, a 1972 Bristol 34 sloop. It's a fixer-upper, but solid where it counts most -- good hull, rigging, sails and a low-hours Yanmar diesel inboard.

I plan to spend the next year and a half working on the boat and getting my girlfriend and I up to the task of sailing offshore, then we hope to begin our cruising life with a shakedown cruise to the Florida Keys and the Bahamas.

Our ultimate goal is to cross the pond and sail to England and Ireland, which we hope to do by 2011.

I'm sure I'll benefit from the wealth of knowledge from the members here, and I hope I don't pester you guys with too many dumb questions.

Cheers!
 

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Thanks for the warm welcome, guys!

CaptainForce -- I love the Conch House, and Hurricane Patty's (at Oyster Creek) makes great bloody marys.

Camaraderie -- I keep my boat on the anchorage, near the Bridge of Lions.
 

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I've driven through Green Cove Springs, and it seems like a very cool town and waterfront. We get people coming into the St. Augustine Municipal Marina from Green Cove Springs from time to time, and they've all been super friendly and seem to love being there as you do.

Thanks!
 
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