Just read your post today. Sorry for the late reply. I tried PM you, but your box is full???? Oh well, I will just hijack this thread for a moment. Many apologies to the original poster.
Ok, let's see - my credentials. I have been cruising and sailing large boats since about the mid 90's I guess. We eneded up going F/T liveaboard
on our 380 late 90's or early 2000's in SW Fl which we based out of while cruising around with the kiddo - it was one kiddo at the time. He is now 7. So, I guess that was 2000? or so. Also had 2 worthless dogs
on board which is a different, and very long story!! We had a lot of fun and really enjoyed oursleves. Ended up even buying
a house on the water
out there in Cape Coral
off of the ICW
if you know where that is. It is basically the water side of Ft. Myers in SW Florida
We have been VERY active in the marine community. I have worked many boat shows for Catalina
(as an owner, not a rep of Catalina) over the years - long before we even had kids
. After some time, we sold our 380 and were going to buy a trawler
for more far off adventures. I really did a lot of research
and settled between Nordhavn and Krogen. We lost
many offers trying to get one (one BY AN HOUR!) and ended up buying a Catalina
400 instead (this is a very, very, very long story that I will just leave at that).
Since then, I have taken on the role of Technical Editor for Mainsheet. If you do not know what that is, it is the Quarterly Catalina publication for Catalina owners. THe Tech stuff is reviewed by Gerry Douglas - but it is mostly run by the owners. I have put out several other publications in magazines, mostly Latts & Atts, with 4 more coming out who knows when. Most of my Latts & Atts stuff is on cruising with kids
(dumb) things on boats. I write my stuff there as Cruisingdad, so you can find it if you look.
I do a LOT of writing outside of these - but it is not sailing related.
As far as an expert - I am not an expert in anything. I learn something new every day. I enjoy speaking with differnt cruisers and people throughout the world about sailing and boating
. You will find I often don't agree with many of them - but it is a fun discourse.
I participate in these forums
, Mainsheet, Latt's & Atts, etc for one and one reason only: To help out in a industry and lifestyle that I am VERY passionate about... very! There are very few of us that are truly passionate about cruising, don't you think? I try to help and give the best advice I possibly can. I am sure not getting paid for it. Maybe some people will listen, maybe some will not. But different opinions and viewpoints give you more data to make an informed decision.
Why do I do it??? Because I try to help. That is what it is all about
: Giving back.
My wife and I are some of the youngest cruisers you will find. I am 36, Kris is 35. We have been very blessed financially and that has allowed us to enter this at a young age. Most of the folks we met out there were 20-30 years older. But no problem for us... still good people and good friends.
The only thing about the internet
I do not like is the anonymity. People put on a different face here and say things they would never say in person. That drives me crazy!! With me, what you see is what you get. Come by - say hello. I do not mind. I am very open and enjoy meeting people. I am currently at Cedar Mills Marina in Lake Texoma - where they build the Valiants. I litterally can see them laying up the hulls from my tub. They really helped me outfit my last boat and are really helping on this one too. Great people and great boats.
plan is to finish outfitting the 400 and go off cruising - a lot further and longer this time. I now have 2 kids (3&7), and 2 more worthless dogs
(one which is really old and probably will not live long enough to go, and the other that is not the best type of dog to go and will stay with family
back home). My mom and dad are retiring and selling their home and are (even as we speak... hopefully... fingers crossed) buying a boat to go cruising with us.
You will see me mention this a lot in Sailnet: I AM VERY EXCITED!! Most people have to leave their family
behind to go cruising... ours are going with us!!! I have never run across this, in all my years of boating
. Have you!!!?? (smile).
So, that is me. It is very long and maybe too detailed, but you asked! If you are ever anywhere near Cedar Mills, come on by and say hello. I love meeting people I chat with here and on sailnet.
Take care. Enjoy speaking with you and everyone else.