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Old 06-09-2013, 18:03   #16
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Re: My toe is in the water, but

David and Carol,

Welcome! I agree with the above advice. In the SF bay area there is a published list available that will give you the location of all the marinas in the area. I got a copy of that publication from Marina Village in Alameda. Live-aboard spots can be hard to find, but some time with a phone should firm them up for you. Many spots that might seem out of the way are actually really interesting.
Are sailing and flying similar? Give it a try and see. Sailing indeed offers a lifestyle with technical challenges, mobility, closeness to nature, and fosters interactions with other like-minded people. I love it, and hope you do too.

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Old 06-09-2013, 18:03   #17
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Re: My toe is in the water, but


Two suggestions:

Buy and read Kimball Livingston's book Sailing The Bay.

Then become familiar with Latitude 38 - The West's Leading Sailing and Marine Magazine. You should be able to find the magazine for free at any West Marine store, or download the whole thing on the internet webie tubie thing.

Lots of boats in your size range for sale. A Catalina 34 or 36 would do you just fine.

Will now hear by B, H and other brand owners.

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Old 10-09-2013, 06:05   #18
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Re: My toe is in the water, but

Hi ,I like the advice given here ,but as the Buddists say: "many rivers( and paths) lead to the sea", so you will have to find your own way.
Finding you way will be a lot easier than many who inquire here since you indicate you are in a position to pave your path with dollars.
I can tell by your post that you will meet many simpatico souls in your future afloat, many of which have flying backgrounds that make sailing a natural transition to your necessity of reinventing yourself.
.....................fair winds............................................. ........................................ you all ................................mike.............. ...........................
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Old 10-09-2013, 10:46   #19
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Look at Charlie's Charts cruising guide You may also get a lot of useful info from Good luck
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Old 10-09-2013, 11:31   #20
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Re: My toe is in the water, but

I lost my medical about 15 years ago. We live onboard a 38 ft. sailboat. We cruise the Gulf of Mexico. We both stay in marinas and anchor out. They are both fun. Lots of nice people and lots to learn.
I remember sailing IFR all day long! I finally relaxed and said, "I can do this. I am only going four knots!" The same skills worked at four knots. I planned my approach and arrived tired but happy. Hope you also get into sailing.

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