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Old 19-08-2012, 18:44   #1
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Well, THAT Took a While !

We bought Paradise Cafe, a Newport 30 MKIII in 2006. Hurricane Wilma washed her into the mangroves near Key West and while being tossed around the fuel tank burst. Insurance paid and the boat was put up for sale by a broker. I built a trailer, drove to Key West, loaded up and dragged her home to the upper right-hand corner of Iowa. I cleaned and repaired and converted and refitted and invented and improved as fast as I could. Given that in the intervening years I got to have cancer surgery and recovery one year, had to have a shoulder replaced another year, had to build a garage on the house one year, one year the Holdam family had to go to the Grand Canyon, my summers have not exactly been good for getting the sailboat back in the water. But now she's in the lake at Lake City, Minnesota. This weekend my wife and I got to spend the first weekend aboard. Paradise Cafe sails very nicely, thank you very much. And we get to keep her in the water until late October. Our weekends will be different now.

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Old 19-08-2012, 18:59   #2
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Awesome, congrats!
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Old 19-08-2012, 19:02   #3
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Way to get it done! Is that lake Pepin?
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Old 19-08-2012, 19:02   #4
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Wow - Great perseverance. Well done!
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Old 19-08-2012, 19:03   #5
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It is Lake Pepin. We got lucky and have a slip at the Lake City Marina for the rest of the season.

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Old 19-08-2012, 19:05   #6
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Beautiful area. Hope you get to enjoy it a lot.
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Old 19-08-2012, 19:08   #7
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Btw, ive been thru key west Iowa many times! That's in the upper right area too. I prefer the one in Florida though...
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Old 19-08-2012, 19:27   #8
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Btw, ive been thru key west Iowa many times! That's in the upper right area too. I prefer the one in Florida though...
So YOU'RE the person that has been through Key West, IA more than once! Actually, I'm about a hundred miles from Key West, IA. I'm only about 40 miles south of the Minnesota border and about the same from Wisconsin.

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Old 19-08-2012, 19:35   #9
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So show us a pic
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Old 19-08-2012, 19:39   #10
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I'll be building a Photobucket album with the pictures of the splash. I'll put up the link when I get it ready.

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Old 19-08-2012, 21:31   #11
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Aloha and congratulations!
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Congrats...You have accomplished what most men dream of.
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Well, aren't I just a big cry-baby!!!
Well done! Your story inspires. Looking forward to the pictures.
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Old 20-08-2012, 00:53   #14
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I like your attitude ...
Perhaps I can learn to appreciate what I have more from good people like you ...
Thanks for sharing that ...
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Old 20-08-2012, 02:48   #15
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Mate....sounds like you just climbed Everest! Well done! Enoy it all the more for the journey. Sailing is the cake, your improvements and inventing are the icing!
Salute!
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