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Old 15-04-2012, 00:14   #61
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I was hoping someone would jump right in with a passage capable boat as their first boat. Care to elaborate on those early experiences?
Hi Bob, We are very green, aged 71, 1st boat a month ago, 45ft ketch. Hence the name. First we moved aboard, then learned about the noises, quickly got to understand where all the through-hulls were, figured out the plumbing and getting a handle on the diesel.(Change those filters!!)
Got parking lessons from a friend. 1st sail today, 45 years later than most but loving it. We both have sore backs, ribs etc from stooping, lifting, stretching etc. Have worked in Samoa and love the Pacific. Who knows, we might go offshore.
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Old 15-04-2012, 00:24   #62
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Hi Bob, We are very green, aged 71, 1st boat a month ago, 45ft ketch. Hence the name. First we moved aboard, then learned about the noises, quickly got to understand where all the through-hulls were, figured out the plumbing and getting a handle on the diesel.(Change those filters!!)
Got parking lessons from a friend. 1st sail today, 45 years later than most but loving it. We both have sore backs, ribs etc from stooping, lifting, stretching etc. Have worked in Samoa and love the Pacific. Who knows, we might go offshore.
And the winner is...........

Your post should be required reading for folks starting to collect SS. A big toast to you DumnMad. Keep us posted here on CF, and if any new cruisers deserve their own blog, it would be you folks.
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Old 15-04-2012, 00:54   #63
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Aw shucks Bob, thanks but we are just DumnMad. I'm the Mad one, Roe is Dum to let me do it, but wise enough to progress from terrified through fearful to almost comfortable, then all over again as something new crops up.
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Aw shucks Bob, thanks but we are just DumnMad. I'm the Mad one, Roe is Dum to let me do it, but wise enough to progress from terrified through fearful to almost comfortable, then all over again as something new crops up.
With all the fresh air, sunshine, and using muscles you didn't know you had, living on the lean during a passage, get prepared for reverse aging.
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Old 15-04-2012, 01:11   #65
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Sailfish Kit: Spent almost every day in the summer during highschool on this kit I built at age 12.
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With all the fresh air, sunshine, and using muscles you didn't know you had, living on the lean during a passage, get prepared for reverse aging.
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