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Old 19-11-2013, 12:30   #541
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Re: What happens to all the wannabees?

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We may have to end up with an RV.

Any good RV forums?
One of many:

iRV2 Forums
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Old 19-11-2013, 12:51   #542
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Re: What happens to all the wannabees?

RV's are great. Sell the car and get a small RV. We have one, quarter the price of our boat, 15 ft long with head/shower. We keep the bed up all the time and use trays for table. Can park in standard car park.
The cassette toilet is so simple to operate and once you've found a few well located dump stations, family or friends gulley traps or public loos to dump in you are away laughing.
Same advice as for boats; don't go too big, it restricts your freedom.
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Old 19-11-2013, 12:54   #543
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We may have to end up with an RV.

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Sure. Brought to you by the same good folks as Cruisers Forum.

http://www.socialknowledge.com/rv-traveltrailer/
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Old 19-11-2013, 13:49   #544
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Foretravel Owners Forum,

I own A Foretravel Grand Villa, 1989 Model, 36 foot Diesel Pusher,

Which I also bought Sight Unseen and imported to Australia, Including all the conversions to OZ ADR's.

They are very cheap in the USA, Not so cheap by the Time I got it here,

But I still ended up with a very cheap Coach over all,

And I still have my Gemini, When ever it gets finally repaired,
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Old 19-11-2013, 13:54   #545
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Re: What happens to all the wannabees?

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Hey All,

I had never posted to this forum until recently but have been reading it for a long time. While there are certainly dreams on this board that go unfulfilled there is probably also a lot like me who where inspired and assisted from all the "dreamer" posts.

I have just completed my first season sailing. I bought a Hullmaster 27. Had no prior experience and managed to make pretty good purchasing decisions in a large part from reading advice posted to the other "dreamers" on this site.

I did my homework, found what I wanted, had a good reputable surveyor give it the once over thanks to you all. Then I bought the boat.

I read through this forum a great deal on; sails, rigging, dinghies, chartplotters etc, etc. Anyways I bought my boat from Kingston and un-stepped the mast (looked that up here to because I had never done it before). Then brought it back up the Severn Waterway via 41 of the 44 Locks.

After that I spent the year sailing and acquiring new skills. I had a riot and did everything without making (IMO) any real blunders.

Can't wait till the sailing season comes around again next year.

The point of my post is ALL the information so generously provided is probably been much more beneficial than you know.
G'Day Knocker,

Thanks for that! Feedback like this helps compensate for the thought and hours of typing that go into the advice posted here in CF.

Glad that your introduction into our world has been a good one.

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Old 19-11-2013, 14:09   #546
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Re: What happens to all the wannabees?

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G'Day Knocker,

Thanks for that! Feedback like this helps compensate for the thought and hours of typing that go into the advice posted here in CF.

Glad that your introduction into our world has been a good one.

Cheers,

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+1

great to see how this thread has evolved over the last year since it was posted.

thank you all who have contributed
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Old 20-11-2013, 21:53   #547
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Re: What happens to all the wannabees?

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Foretravel Owners Forum,

I own A Foretravel Grand Villa, 1989 Model, 36 foot Diesel Pusher,

Which I also bought Sight Unseen and imported to Australia, Including all the conversions to OZ ADR's.

They are very cheap in the USA, Not so cheap by the Time I got it here,

But I still ended up with a very cheap Coach over all,

And I still have my Gemini, When ever it gets finally repaired,
Heh.

looks like it is ready to launch.
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Old 20-11-2013, 23:13   #548
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I hope more live their dream.
And that they are young, to boot.

Not to diss all you great older folk
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Old 20-11-2013, 23:30   #549
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Heh.

looks like it is ready to launch.
Yep. It didnt work that way, So I Had to back it on,
Diesel pusher, Six tons of it is hanging off the back of the rear wheels,

As I drive up the ramp, its own weight rolls it forwards and then the Coach sits flat,
Giving me lots of room to work underneath it,
I made it out of old bits of steel I had laying around,
It doesnt have to look flash, It just has to work,
Im still a Wannabee, I still want to sail my cat to the Kimberlys,
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Old 21-11-2013, 21:51   #550
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Re: What happens to all the wannabees?

I was last posting in March, still here, though I keep downsizing my plan and looking at different types of boats so I can figure out how to get what I need in the smallest possible price tag without compromising my unrealistic ideals (hey, at least I'm aware).

Still tied to the idea of a boat that'll make transpacific crossings between new home (Tokyo) and old (Seattle), which inflates my budget quite a bit for the redundancy required to pull that off and the comms gear / service I'd be comfortable with (though I was happy to see KVH has a package bundled with an Iridium Pilot now, as that removes any need I'd ever have in buying their much more expensive C band gear).

Good news is these days I think this is probably doable at a number I am 1/5th of the way to achieving and about 60% of the number I first assumed. Thinking now it'll be in a lower cost geared up production boat (Beneteau's First boats are on the list - I've read a few stories of folks up in Alaska sailing across the pacific in them which inspires more confidence than most), but I've learned to appreciate the subtle practicality of a Toyota over a supercar in reading up on things and following peoples stories over the last 8 months.

So to answer the original inquiry: still here.
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Old 22-11-2013, 00:35   #551
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I was last posting in March, still here, though I keep downsizing my plan and looking at different types of boats so I can figure out how to get what I need in the smallest possible price tag without compromising my unrealistic ideals (hey, at least I'm aware).

Still tied to the idea of a boat that'll make transpacific crossings between new home (Tokyo) and old (Seattle), which inflates my budget quite a bit for the redundancy required to pull that off and the comms gear / service I'd be comfortable with (though I was happy to see KVH has a package bundled with an Iridium Pilot now, as that removes any need I'd ever have in buying their much more expensive C band gear).

Good news is these days I think this is probably doable at a number I am 1/5th of the way to achieving and about 60% of the number I first assumed. Thinking now it'll be in a lower cost geared up production boat (Beneteau's First boats are on the list - I've read a few stories of folks up in Alaska sailing across the pacific in them which inspires more confidence than most), but I've learned to appreciate the subtle practicality of a Toyota over a supercar in reading up on things and following peoples stories over the last 8 months.

So to answer the original inquiry: still here.
Dont you have very aggressive seas between your coast and Alaska.
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Old 22-11-2013, 00:46   #552
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Dont you have very aggressive seas between your coast and Alaska.
Not aware of any seas not defined as aggressive anywhere near Alaska. My only real sailing experience is between the PNW and AK via powerboat.
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Old 22-11-2013, 01:35   #553
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I was referring from Japan to Alaska,
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I was referring from Japan to Alaska,
I know of several people now who have successfully navigated it, I don't know that it's all that bad. Alaska in my experience during fishing season was always terrible with spots of okay, compared to conditions a bit out from WA or BC.

The alternative on a sailboat to a northern pacific crossing back to the west coast seems to be even more effort, all things considered.
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I was last posting in March, still here, though I keep downsizing my plan and looking at different types of boats so I can figure out how to get what I need in the smallest possible price tag without compromising my unrealistic ideals (hey, at least I'm aware).
Hello Windex. Back when I was doing my boat shopping with a decided interest in the NorSea27 I created a list of boats to investigate. My criteria included size of less than 30' and capable in my view of long term life afloat. The list (with links to the information I found) still exists here: Janice142 The Boat List

It might prove helpful or at least give you more choices. Good luck and happy boat shopping.
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