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Old 03-10-2014, 10:05   #31
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Intro and Difficult Question

I don't have MS but understand the situation.

My suggestion is to keep the boat, move forward with your plans as health permits and enjoy life.

If it were me I'd take the offer to see how your wife does on a cat. I do better strangely enough on a monohull for balance. There are many things that can be done to help mitigate physical issues.

Becky's advice is spot on. Wearing a PFD and staying on the boat. Perhaps a MOB alarm and or PLB would add peace of mind. I suspect your Hunter has a sugar scoop which also helps getting to the dink. If strength is an issue add snatch blocks.

It can be done. Feel free to send me a private message and I'll send my email addy if you need ideas.


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Old 03-10-2014, 11:10   #32
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Re: Intro and Difficult Question

If you are both willing, I'd say go now and hope for the best. My partner is unwilling so I am land bound. Wish I could go, mine is a different disease.
My father had a friend with MS who sailed until he couldn't I don't know how long, but it was years.
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Old 03-10-2014, 11:17   #33
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Re: Intro and Difficult Question

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Nobody sits in a nursing home regretting what they DID do, only what they DIDN'T. Do it while you can and give it up only when (or if) you can't. None of us know how long we have on earth and the only difference is that someone has perhaps put a name to the truck that will run you down, on the other hand you could still get run down by a truck tomorrow same as me. Good luck and enjoy life

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Old 03-10-2014, 11:40   #34
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Re: Intro and Difficult Question

All I can offer is encouragement & good wishes. It sounds like there has been plenty of good advice already. Go, & enjoy, but stay safe & keep you options open.

You are experienced & know your own minds--go for it!
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Old 03-10-2014, 13:53   #35
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Re: Intro and Difficult Question

Here's something to try:

If your entry from the dinghy to the boat is at the stern, with a sugar scoop of some sort, add a man-rope affixed to the top rail of the pushpit, so that a person can assist him/herself in getting aboard. It can help anyone who is not as strong or agile as they used to be, as well as your good lady.

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Steve, my GP has known for years of our cruising plans and has helped us build a medical kit that he would write scripts to fill when we left. I am meeting with him next month to discuss this and get his opinion and kit adjustments if we continue our path. He had also agreed to handle our needs long-distance.

Ann, I like your idea. I wonder if we could utilize davits for that?

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