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Old 27-12-2015, 14:26   #1
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1st Post, greetings from FL

Hello all. Been lurking but decided to make my intro post. I recently purchased my first sailboat, a 76 Chrysler Buccaneer 18. It's been a blast on the lakes of Idaho but is in need of some upgrades. It's very different from the Hobie 16 I learned to sail on.

I'm currently in Niceville, FL just outside Ft. Walton visiting my brother who's stationed here. I should have done this sooner. Perhaps I could have arranged a day sail with someone. I may visit the FWB YC tomorrow to walk the docks. Never know, maybe I'll find my way on as crew for someone.

Short term goals include lake racing my Bucc and becoming a better sailor. Possibly a 7-14 day cruise as crew this summer along with another sailing class, and a bigger boat later in the year or early next year.

Long term goal is long term cruising post retirement, outside U.S. waters.

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Old 27-12-2015, 15:38   #2
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Welcome to CF, USAFGopherMike, and congrats on the new boat!
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Re: 1st Post, greetings from FL

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Mike.
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Old 28-12-2015, 06:16   #4
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Re: 1st Post, greetings from FL

Well... An air force gopher who sails and lives in Nice-Ville???

How can it get any better than that????

Welcome to CF bud !

I got's me a Chrysler too btw...
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Old 28-12-2015, 10:28   #5
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Welcome aboard. I also started with a 16' Hobie. Had power boats until about 4 years ago. I sold the power boat and purchased a catamaran sailboat and now spend the winters in Florida......should have made the switch years ago. You are making the right move by slowly moving up and learning more sailing skills. Good luck!
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Old 28-12-2015, 10:31   #6
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Re: 1st Post, greetings from FL

I just Googled Chrysler sailboats. I had never heard of them before. Nice looking boat! Congrats and welcome!
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Welcome aboard, give me a call -

www.facebook.com/BlueOceanSails

Happy New Year!
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Old 31-12-2015, 23:20   #8
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Re: 1st Post, greetings from FL

G'day Gopher, and welcome to CF.

Your process and plans sound good to me, likely because they sorta echo what I did years ago (though without the influence of either AF or the internet!).

Enjoy the learning process with your daysailor, and do realize that by your method, y ou will likely become a better helmsman and sailor than many "experienced" folks who fast tracked to bigger keel boats.

Enjoy the process!

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Awesome! My parents had a sailboat in Niceville for a good 10 years. Lots of good sailing around there. ☺️


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