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Old 27-08-2014, 16:52   #136
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Re: Sailing With Cancer

I know I am reviving an old post, but I was curious if anyone knew how John's wife (Melanie) was doing?

I followed John's blog and posts throughout my deployment. It helped me get through some tough times. John was about to sail to Hawaii, but found out his cancer had returned before his departure. We were supposed to meet in Hawaii, but he didn't get a chance to make the voyage. Hopefully Melanie is doing ok; if anyone talks to her, let her know that John lives on in our memory.
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Old 27-08-2014, 17:13   #137
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I have emailed and mailed but have had no response. Yes, John and Mel live on in our memory. RTB+ sailed with John and Mel and like the rest of use keeps them in our memory.

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Old 27-08-2014, 19:25   #138
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I followed John's blog and posts throughout my deployment. It helped me get through some tough times.
John was a great guy. I'm sure we all miss his posts here, and I sure miss him as a friend. Like Scallywag, I have heard nothing back from emails sent to Melanie. Hopefully she is back home in the Philippines with her family.

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I always feel a tug in my heart when I see their photos pop up on the forum. I'm guessing Melanie is getting on with her life.
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Old 28-08-2014, 20:59   #140
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Has anybody seen or heard anything about the boat?
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Old 29-08-2014, 08:49   #141
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Re: Sailing With Cancer

Mel was trying to get it back to the states to sell. I don't think that ever happened. Maybe she got a buyer in Panama. I was looking for "Imagine" on the USCG documentation website, and didn't see it listed there. Maybe it had not been renewed? If it did sell, the name could have been changed.

Hopefully, Imagine isn't rotting away on the mooring at Taboga, Panama. Surely we have some members that have been in that area. A big, red and white catamaran shouldn't be that hard to spot.

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I thought I read on this forum that it had changed hands. I could be wrong though.
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WOW! What courage.

The Lord is my pilot, I shall not drift.
He lighteth me across the dark waters.
He steereth me in the deep channels.
He keepeth my log.
He guideth me beneath stars of his holiness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I sail 'mid the thunders and tempest of life,
I shall dread no anger, for thou art with me;
Thy love and thy care, they shelter me.
Thou preparest a harbour for me in the homeland of eternity.
Thou anointest the waves with oil
My ship rideth calmly.
Surely sunlight and starlight shall favour me on the voyage I take,
And I will rest in the port of God forever.


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Probably the most inspirational thread on this forum.

I've know a few people to get cancer over the years, and all of them got sucked into that thinking that every moment that treatment extended their life would be quality time. But in all of their cases, it never was, and what often started as a few weeks of chemo or radiotherapy ended up with them being an in-patient in dreadful discomfort from the combined side effects of treatments for months and months and months, and then they died.

Life's all about quality, not quantity. Prey God I have this chap's courage if anything similar happens to me.
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Well I was just diagnosed with throat cancer, got 4 good years left. Out of 5 kids my youngest is my only son and at age 12 is all about sailing with dad. I'm in process of getting rid of everything and buying a sailboat. Been on trawlers and speed boats all my life. Time to take up sailing and spend a year between the carribean and Belize with my boy. Am I crazy? I'm on disability and only have about 4000 a month total now that I can live on. Thank God I've sold my boat and will use the cash to purchase a used sail boat. This has been a dream and it eats at me every day!! I really need to take this step and do this before I go. Any finds on a 30+ foot boat that's basically turn key would be appreciated and tips or advice. Hope to be able to complete my dream


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Ya gotta do the bucket list. I did one item last summer. What's your budget?
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On the purchase of a boat I can pay cash up to about 40k and I'd like to be able to budget at about 3k per month sailing.


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If you don't mind a 6ft draft this may be for you.. its in the BVI's already and the good folk at Nanny Key would I imagine be happy to get you started...
BVI Yacht Sales Ltd. (Nanny Cay, British Virgin Islands)&

or there's this tho' only the one cabin for sleeping..
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I liked that Pearson in your other thread. But I'm a multi fan which is cats and tris. You will mostly be coastal sailing/island hopping so you can get by with less. Here's a Gemini which has more room than the Pearson but twice the price. The Gem's are cool little cats and are well suited for your goals and they fit in a standard marina slip. Real shallow draft with retractable centerboards. I think they draw less than 2' maybe 19" so you can get right to the beach. They built about 1100 boats of this design and one circumnavigated.
1992 Gemini 3200 Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com

Also check out Catalacs and Prouts.
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And check this out. It's owned by Tropic Cat who is a member here. He's a big Catalac fan.
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