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I've been sailing Other People's Boats since the 70's. I learned to sail in Navy dinghies in Tokyo Bay, while going to high school at the Yokosuka Naval Base. After moving to the Boston area in the 80's, I sailed Community Boating dinghies on the Charles River for a few years. Since then I've been sailing everything from racing dinghies to 40' racing cruisers at the Boston Sailing Center.

I've taken various formal classes over the years, most recently the BSC's coastal passagemaking and racing courses. My current interest is primarily cruising coastal New England. My local cruising range so far has been Nantucket to Portsmouth. My longest cruise has been 10 days and it was too short. The most exotic was a week in the Cyclades. I enjoy fishing, so I have a preference for shallow draft keels and I like to drag a trolling lure whenever I can. I'm cultivating a taste for Bluefish. Aside from sailing, one of my favorite cruising activities is visiting local pubs, especially if they have fresh local beer.

I've recently decided to take the plunge and buy a boat. Instead of renewing my BSC membership, I've started a boat fund and am on track to save enough to buy a small cruising boat next spring. What I want to buy varies from week to week, but right now I'm leaning toward a new pocket cruiser. I've wasted enough time over the years repairing things that I appreciate the value of a (relatively) trouble-free boat. Have you ever noticed that the holding tank never clogs on a rainy overcast day, only on a nice sunny day when the dock is full of tourists?

I'm also interested in joining a new club and would appreciate any suggestions. I'm particularly interested in clubs that are near the "T" and have a reasonably short waiting list for mooring or dockage. A good bar with good beer would be icing on the cake.

Things about me that have nothing to do with sailing:
I live and work in Central Square, Cambridge.
I'm half of SynchroSystems, a two-person engineering firm.
I'm a part-time undergraduate at Harvard Extension School.
I did 3 seasons as a pro rally co-driver on the east coast circuit.
I've done some stunt driving and minor acting roles for TV.
I'm a former BJCP Master Beer Judge and moderator of the JudgeNet forum.
I'm a Navy Brat and have lived all over the world and forgotten several languages.
 

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Hi Chuck,

Welcome to Sailnet!

You are one of quite a few Community Boating alumni here at Sailnet. I'm sure they'll poke in at some point and welcome you aboard too.

You live in a great location for coastal cruising. Here's hoping you find your boat soon.:)
 
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