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Old 27-02-2011, 00:41   #1
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Crushed Dreams ! European Sailing ?

I occasionally visit this site but it has been a while. My Grandfather has given me a dream of sailing. I grew up in San Diego and have dreamed for years of spending a year sailing the Caribbean. I am in Grad school and hopefully will be teaching in little over a year. My original plan was to spend a year or two teaching while bunking with family and saving every penny I made to waste it on a foolish sailing dream. I was gonna buy the right size boat and fix it up while I learned and saved for the GREAT CORIBBEAN cruise. And here enters the nightmare....

My dreams were crushed by some horrible German women! Can you believe it? This gorgeous, smart, fun lawyer made me fall in love with her. Of course she fell in love with me, cause I'm charming as hell. Unfortunately I have been destined to follow this living angel to Germany...South Germany!

So my question is...Did this horrible dream killing women really kill my dream? Is there any chance I could sail through central Europe waterways to the Sea's on my summers off? My Grandpa has told me of friends stories of European sailing, but is it reasonable from south Germany?

Thanks and please be gentle with my crushed dreams, this beautiful, majestic, wonderful, funny, (even though she is a lawyer) women has been rough enough.
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Old 27-02-2011, 00:59   #2
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Re: Crushed dreams! European sailing?

welcome,and dont worry the med is a very cheap destination from germany,and many adorable german crusing folk there(just dont mention the war)....
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Old 27-02-2011, 02:05   #3
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Re: Crushed dreams! European sailing?

When I lived in Germany we would holiday in the Med by driving like a bat out of hell for 12 hours and then you have arrived.

Germany would also give you access to the Baltic. Do not miss the chance to sail there during the summer (to cold during the winter) but fab cruising grounds, no tides (just a tiny 1/3rd of a knot of current) and very predictable warm weather. Thousands of island and little harbours, all very pretty. Poland interesting and they welcome western foriegners.

Oh and Germany has real beers.

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Old 27-02-2011, 05:40   #4
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Re: Crushed dreams! European sailing?

In 1981-1982 I lived in West Berlin. The summer sailing on the Wannsee was great. Two of the Fellows at the Institute had sailboats on the lakes and we were out often. The only wrinkle was that in some places you had to be aware of the location of the border and not venture too close. In those days the East Germans worked very hard to keep westerners from fleeing to the East (That's a joke son.)
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Old 27-02-2011, 06:30   #5
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This is a little tale of boating around Europe, written in 1932 but gives you an idea of the canal networks and places to mess about in boats.
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Old 27-02-2011, 06:33   #6
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Re: Crushed dreams! European sailing?

You can always do the Caribbean in installments. That way you avoid the thorny path, nasty people, bad weather, and lousy locations. Just bareboat charter the good parts of the Caribbean. Or heck, have a crew take care of everything. It is remarkably cheap to sail for a week with one of these small outfits and you don't have to worry about anything except spilling your drink.
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Old 27-02-2011, 06:36   #7
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Re: Crushed dreams! European sailing?

You have to get that yankee way of thinking outa of your head. Think distances, mate! Germany is a STATE and a small one too! You just jump into a car and drive to the East Sea, Med, Swiss lakes or Berlin canals ...

Then, there are them lakes. Go to a lake and you will find it bustling with sailing in summer, ice sailing in winter.

Prob noblem, in Europe everything is sort of close at hand. Just look on the map.

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Just keep the boat in the coast...then it doesn't matter where you live. Easy, no?

Met last summer a German couple, who lived in Frankfurt and they kept their boat in Belgium coast.
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This is a little tale of boating around Europe, written in 1932 but gives you an idea of the canal networks and places to mess about in boats.
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Thanks Artif.... I really enjoyed that little read....
Said it all really well...
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Fly to Greece, Buy a boat there and spend yourr weekends living the highlife. If she is a lawyer she can afford the weekly airfares too

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..South Germany!
While you're there, buy yourself a Bavaria...

(Did you say marry a ...lawyer ! No cheap way out of it ...)
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Old 27-02-2011, 19:57   #12
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Re: Crushed dreams! European sailing?

Try this:

ChiemseeYacht.de - Willkommen auf der Seite des Segelbootverleihs der Familie Heistracher

Close to Munchen.
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Re: Crushed dreams! European sailing?

Your asking the question on a sailing site and I get your dream, but if your in S. Germany, why not enjoy some to the natural beauty right in your back door. Mountaineering, skiing, and regional travel. You can always charter for a few weeks a year.

What does your new Love want to do? If she is into it, why can't you still do a cruise. Don't take life to serious until your at least 30.
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Re: Crushed dreams! European sailing?

Yeah, I fell for one of those German Girls once, its pretty easy to do. Alas, she moved away.
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Re: Crushed dreams! European sailing?

Yeah boy, they are hard headed, and land locked.

Mine however bought a boat last year.

So NOTHING is impossible.

(Now if I can get her to sail on it!)
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