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Old 28-12-2009, 13:29   #1
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Hey Everyone! So I finish Heigh School in 2 years and it has been my dream to move to Florida (from Canada) and buy a sailboat to liveaboard. Iv taken some lessions but will most definlitly be taking more. I want to sail all around the carribean but have know idea where to start preparing! I dont know anyone who has done this so im pritty much on my own and would appreciate any help i can get! Thanks
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Old 28-12-2009, 13:35   #2
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Hi Joe welcome aboard== save money you can do it!
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Hi Joe.
Dont make a move just yet, keep an open mind, hang out here and soak up all the knowledge you and and ask loads of questions.
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Welcome Joe

Anjou has good advice...lots to be learned here.

But being one that does most things in excess and shooting from the hip….I’d get to where the boats are.

As the old saying goes "what’s better than owning your own boat...having a friend with one"....or something like that!

I'd be thinking about hanging out at marinas or places where they're boats to start with...be nice, be helpful, be normal looking, and you may get invited to go sailing....that’s an easy start.

Also post on some "crew" type classifieds.....be honest about your qualifications.
Many people are willing to take on crew with passion and no experience.
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unless your independently wealthy you will have to work to sail. If you like fixing things and on a boat there is always something,considered electrical, electronic, diesel, refrigeration school, Top notch repair people are always in demand. Its no fun living in a busted boat with no money, trying to catch dinner. Your young; even without a boat take some classes. Boat safety, navigation, There is alot out there and some may be very close to you. Get some skills. Read everything here and on sailnet and you will soon be an expert or at least sound like one. Welcome aboard
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Joeb1.

If you live in the GTA, look into
Boating courses in Toronto

If elsewhere, in Canada, check out
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Joe, I did what you are thinking about. At 19 I crewing on boats and lived aboard a Ranger 23, FUN FUN FUN. You can do it. While you are finishing high school read sailing books, take classes, etc. Have you read Dove yet? If you are going to college you could pick a college along the coast and still be able to play on boats.
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