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Old 25-03-2015, 15:38   #31
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Old 25-03-2015, 15:41   #32
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I read an article years ago about the characteristic of a successful cruiser. From this I learned that those without really any land based friends are more successful cruisers. That makes me a shoe in because I mostly have fake internet friends that I can prevent to like regardless

It also helps if you don't really care that much for your family, afterall you didn't chose them as friends.
Spooky...!! how dya know so much about me..??
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Old 25-03-2015, 16:38   #33
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You die twice. The first time is when the heart stops. The second is the last time your name is mentioned. If you're like me, you should let them talk about your cruise adventures for a long long time.
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Old 25-03-2015, 16:47   #34
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You only die twice. The first is when the heart stops. The second is the last time your name is mentioned. Enjoy your cruising life and give them something to talk about for a long long time.
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Old 25-03-2015, 16:56   #35
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Our second post..........but been following SB for a very long time. We sold everything last year, purchased a boat and are in the process of refitting. Doing as much as we can ourselves too. Its nice to always feel like you are not the only one having the same lifestyle. Welcome aboard!
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Old 25-03-2015, 16:57   #36
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G'Day Jill,

I can hear where you are coming from. Maybe it's mid-life crisis but I/we based our decision on some of the following.

1. Over the past 2-3 years many family and friends around our age (very early 60's) have fallen off the perch and that has been an eye-opener. I'd rather fall off the stern mid-ocean somewhere than be hospitalised forever.

2. A late in life divorce left me without the money to purchase another house and most of my superannuation gone so taking the 'living poor' option and bought a boat!!

3. A partner who wants/loves to sail and craves new adventures

4. If we leave it any later we may be too old or incapacitated to do this

5. It's living life and not rotting away

We will miss our (Jennifer's) 2 little granddaughters (just turned 1 and the other 7 months) but we can't put our life on hold and there is Skype, email and mobile.

Our plan is to sail the Med for the next couple of years, going over there for 3-4 months before bringing Hemera back to Australia or maybe NZ and pick up some work in between times.

When you talk to other people they will say "Wow, you will be living the dream!!" and you will look at them and think - "Well you can too if you really wanted to take a risk"

You just never know what the future holds, do you? Have a great time with everything you decide to do.

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Old 25-03-2015, 17:42   #37
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Live your dream while you can! You are a long time dead!
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Re: Foolish Late 50's Sell it All and Head North

hope that was suppose to be "You are dead a long time"
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Hello Jill & Todd,

If you're in the neighborhood, drop into the Knife River marina this summer. There are a few other folks planning traveling trips.

I watch the ice go out of the harbor every day and it will be likely ice free within a week, and western Lake Superior is pretty much open. The frustrating part is night time temperatures will still be below freezing through mid-April so it doesn't make sense to launch before then. (Unless you have a way to keep your engine compartment warm or other tricks to keep engine blocks from freezing) Best news.....the fish are biting.
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Re: Foolish Late 50's Sell it All and Head North

Some words we can all follow...



“To be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest. Otherwise, you are doomed to a routine traverse, the kind known to yachtsmen who play with their boats at sea... "cruising" it is called. Voyaging belongs to seamen, and to the wanderers of the world who cannot, or will not, fit in. If you are contemplating a voyage and you have the means, abandon the venture until your fortunes change. Only then will you know what the sea is all about.

"I've always wanted to sail to the south seas, but I can't afford it." What these men can't afford is not to go. They are enmeshed in the cancerous discipline of "security." And in the worship of security we fling our lives beneath the wheels of routine - and before we know it our lives are gone.

What does a man need - really need? A few pounds of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in - and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment. That's all - in the material sense, and we know it. But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages, preposterous gadgetry, playthings that divert our attention for the sheer idiocy of the charade.

The years thunder by, The dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed.

Where, then, lies the answer? In choice. Which shall it be: bankruptcy of purse or bankruptcy of life? ”
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Great reference for Sterling Hayden. He's a guy who had an interesting life and of course he's my all time favorite SAC General. What was quoted by him.........he may be onto something.
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" Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. " Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
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Old 26-03-2015, 12:34   #43
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We are planning on doing the same thing. Perhaps ever more 'foolishly', we will be doing this in our early 50's, trading in prime earning years for prime living years.

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........... We bought a boat in FL and are in the process of making necessary repairs to get her back up to the Cheasepeake for our summer cruising/training. After summer we will cruise our way down to the USVI for the winter.

Our plan for the trip north is mostly the ICW (the ditch) since only short off-shore sailing is possible with our limited experience. ..........
I disagree with the post saying you won't like the ICW. Unless your object is to get where you're going in the shortest possible time, your trip can be very enjoyable. There's nice scenery, wildlife, plenty of small towns and larger cities to visit and plenty of people (locals and other cruisers) to meet.

Buy yourself some of the commercial cruising guides to get information on traveling the ICW and places to visit and things to do.
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Greetings from sunny SW Florida, Jill & Todd. Yes, you can live your dream!
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