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What happened to the string we had going? Seems like it has been deleted from Sailnet.
Wish I still had some of the email addresses of the participants, it was getting interesting.

Anyway, I''m still looking for and enjoying advice from other sailors (male and female).
As a "newbie" I''m very excited about sailing, but need all the insight I can get.
Eventually I want to liveaboard. Any other single folks have any advice to offer about that? Any good books that you enjoyed, that helped you with your adventure?

I hope to go to the Sail Only boat show in Miami in February, but don''t know yet if that will be possible.

Take care!

Wildheart
 

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Yes, what did happen to it? Did you read the message I sent you? If not, is Wildheart the name of your boat? I am a liveaboard in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada. I have a Douglas 32 and do a lot of singlehanding. If I have company its usually one of my daughters or a friend.

Love to correspond more, hopefully this string keeps going!
 

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No, Wildheart is not the name of my boat (only because I haven''t been lucky enough to buy one yet).

I''m seriously looking at a Catalina 30, and will likely make some decision in the next couple of weeks.

With this cold, dreary weather in Georgia, it''s nice to dream about being somewhere warm,out on the water.

This will really be a new adventure for me, one I''m very much looking forward to.

Hope to talk to you soon.

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hey wildheart 001-I sail but i am also a newbie 2 this website. i hope u acheive your dream 2 live abord a boat one day. any way have u got any sailing advice 4 me. Ive been sailing 4 about 3 years now. i am almost 13 and my name holly. hope 2 c u reply. from holly.
 

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hi wildheart..also a new sailor living in iowa..buying my first boat this year and also have some grand ideas for living on the water in the future..lived on the ocean all my life and then got bit by the bug here in a land locked area..but where there is a will is a way!

Do you know anything about precision boats..that is what i am looking to buy. I hear they have great resale value in case i want to move up in size..it is an 18 footer..room enough for weekends with my two boys 5 and 8. So let me know how you are and if you bought your catalina..i hear they are a good boat..a lot of them out there! take care, Erika...
 

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and hello to you too Holly! Wow..i wish i started sailing at 13. You probably have more experience then the rest of us on this message board! Any advice for us! I am trying to get my 8 and 5 year old interested like you..what should i do to keep them interested? Where are you..do you live near an ocean! I lived in connecticut on the ocean when i was your age and i really miss it. Well take care now and keep sailing! Erika
 

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Erika: Hello from Georgia. No, I don''t know anything about precision boats. I am very much in the learning stage on all of this, even though I''ve wanted to be involved in it for many years. What kind of boat do you have (or what are you planning to buy)? Where will you be sailing?

You are lucky to have your two kids to sail with you. What fun! They''ll always remember the good times you have on the water together.

And Holly, I''m sorry I didn''t respond sooner, I''ve been out of town on business this week. How I wish I could have learned to sail when I was as young as you are. Does your family have a boat? Where do you go sailing? Do you have brothers and sisters to sail with?

Take care!

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hi navtron..thanks for the tip. I will look into it. Not too big for a new sailor? Since i dont know much about boats i am squemish about buying anything too used. do you own a newport? and where do you sail?? take care..erika
 

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I sail in the Peconics on Long Island, NY and have sailed my Newport to Bermuda, Bahamas, Florida, and one of the trips up from Florida has been written in Sailing Magazine....It''s a comfortable riding boat and the 10''6" beam keeps the Newport on its feet in high winds.
 

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HI, I am 15 and, living in Hawaii, I have had a lot of experience around the water. In response to getting you two boys to sail; it has to be their own decision. I was signed up for sailing lesons when I was six. I hated it and cryed every day. 8 years later I took sailing lessons again, this time because I wanted to. I learned quickly and now LOVE racing and crusing around my bay. You can help feed their intrest by taking them out on your boat and letting them help, but only sign them up for sailing lessons when they are ready. Everyone on this board seems really nice and I hope to correspond with you all
 

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Hello Wildheart!

I am a "Newby" to this site. I''m an American, living in Germany. I have a 17´ mini cruiser, but I like to charter. Last year I got 3 pilot''s licenses, required for German/European Waters:

Sport Boat License for Inland Waters
Sport Boat License for Near Coastal Waters
Sport Boat Shipper''s Patent for Coastal Waters

I''m working on my Sport Boat Shipper''s Patent for Offshore this year. This involves a four-part theoretical test in navigation, seamanship, weather forecasting, and sealane rules and regulations, plus a practical and oral test with radar on a sailing vessel, and then I have to have 700 miles documented watch experience

Even though I got my licenses, I''m still a sophmore, I know quite a bit, but I don''t have tons of experience. Wish me luck!

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HiWow! This is new to me, a message board within sailnet. Even though I have seen them grow since 1993, I have been so tied up with the job.........I did not have time to check all of the functions of the message board till this morning. Guess I will have to check in more often.
As for boats, in Georgia, there is a lot of swamps, so depending on where you live, think of this. Should be small draft, probably no more than 3''6". Heavy boat, 9 to 10K lbs.
Heavy for Alantic. Don''t care for Newports, most have Atomic 4 engines, which have a bad record for catching on fire. Try to buy something with diesel. Also, they are known for blisters and delamination.
Boats manufactured in the 70''s prior to 78, don''t get too many blisters if any.
Outboards versus auxilliary diesel. When heading into bad weather generally the outboard can''t keep up, as it is usually a 9.9. Wow! There is so much.
Zoo is the name of my boat, 28'' Morgan Out Island, 1973 model. Diesel.
I have been raised around the water all of my life. My 5 kids love the water and sailing. Trick I think is to keep them entertained and
make it fun. Teach them proper techniques, let them helm the boat, assign reponsibility, let them take turns in overnights trips or longer. Have fun!!
Enjoy,
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I have a old 30ft sailboat, that showed me its capable of almost anything. I know because I tried.
I,m good with close to all repairs, what makes travelling much easier. But don''t frett, you can learn everything. Just start trying before you go in trouble.
One try I can only recommend, stay for some time on the boat, and pull the plug. Try how far does your energy reach, when you live aboard. If the battery is down just plug in again. (Could you still start the engine?)The navlights during the nights, then GPS and VHF most likely round the clock. Reading in the night is very often already deadly to the battery charge. Get a feeling what you can expect of the rescorses on your boat.
 

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Wildheart, I have been looking at a vintage North American Douglas, it too is a 32ft can you give me any pointers. I have never heard of this vessel before apparently a Robert Perry design. How does it perform? etc. Thanks for your imput,
 

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Wildheart,I have been living onboard for 4 years on the Chesapeake Bay,first on a Catalina 42,now a Catalina 47.Took me 2 years to convince my husband that living aboard was the way to go.We love it!Can''t imagine being a land-dweller til too old to sail.You mentioned a Catalina 30..we had a great time with our 30.If you have any specific questions on living aboard let me know.We will be retired in 3 yrs;to become full-time cruisers;instead of weekends only.Good luck with your search for the right boat.
 

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Hi Holly,

I know this thread is older but hopefully you still read it. I have a fourteen year old that will be living on board for the first time. Any advice you have for her? Have you been in rough seas before?
 

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Hi mjfloyd, I have a couple of questions about sailing the bay. Is it possible to winter over in the water and be comfortable. My husband and I will be moving on our boat in April 2002. We are retiring and leaving Lake Erie for warmer weather. We have sail Lake Erie for 12 years. I have to say that I was the one that wanted to live on the boat. We have spent 6 summers living on her and have a lot of fun sailing Lake Erie. I would like to learn more about the bay. Thanks, Sandy
 

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I wasn''t part of the original string, but I
did subscribe to Women''s Sailing Experiences.
As far as good books go on sailing there is
a million. I seems to have put together
a library. I would suggest picking up
the reference manuals first: like
"Annapolis Book of Seamanship" and "Chapman
Piloting". From there I would pick up
only two on each area...ie Introduction to..
Cruising..Racing.Safety..Coastal Navigation..Maintaince..Design..etc,etc.
The more you get the more crossover you find.
 

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Hi there l have spent many an enjoyable hour or two reading your messages and gaining insight.My husband and l will be living aboard our Roberts by the end of the year.We live on the west coast of Australia and are itching to get under way.He has much experience compared to my none what so ever.Our 10 year old daughter will be joining us.
 
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