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Old 29-07-2007, 12:09   #1
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A quick hello!!

Hello everybody. Just wanted to say hi. I am new to this site, but looks like it could be a real help and a great place to meet fellow sailors with similar interests.
I have been sailing on and off most of my life both as a boat owner and racing crewmember. I started my sailing aboard a 26 T-Bird with a friend and raced in the T-Bird fleet for several years. Fun, fast lively boats. Great group of people also. Moved on to crew on a 40' flush deck Cal sailing out of Tacoma Yacht Club. Had the opportun to learn a lot and get in on some big water sailing. I have owned some sort of sailing craft for most of my life and have cruised extensively in Puget sound and BC waters. Boats have included everything from my first, a 17' Tanzer to a Columbia 22', Erickson 27', Blanchard 35' to my current boat, a 1966 Spencer 42'. I am currently in the process of a complete 18 month rebuild, refit in preparation for retirement and embarking on a lifelong dream, bluewater cruising. Don't know if it will be my cup of tea, but like someone said...I would much rather look back on the things I tried and regretted than look back on the things I never tried! So, I hope to meet some great people here and suck on a few of their braincells to help me along my way. Fair Winds! Gerry S/V "MOSHULU"
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Old 29-07-2007, 12:14   #2
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Welcome aboard.

Recently returned from BC Puget Sound and loved it. You are very lucky to live there. If bluwater cruisisng works out thats great. If I know that I could spend ten or twenty years sailing around the Puget Sound/BC area.

Lots of people with great info here.
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Old 29-07-2007, 12:24   #3
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Hi Charlie

It is indeed a beautiful cruising ground and I do count myself a lucky man. I have spent 35 years cruising the area and could spend 35 more and still not come close to scratching the surface. Part of my reason for wanting to go big is in a large part to the challange. Stretching myself one last time. I am 52 years old and still physically very capable. None of us know when that might end. My new motto is, "If not now, When?" I am realistic about my pursuit and have my head out of the clouds, but never know? Might get off the coast of Oregon and decide to turn around. But I'll never know if I don't try. I plan to be ready by next spring to sail to Alaska for about 3 months. Then hopefully join the HaHa the following October. We'll see. Thanks for the welcome! Youll be hearing more from me I'm sure! Gerry
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Old 29-07-2007, 13:28   #4
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Aloha Gerry,
Welcome aboard!! Good to have you here.
A member of our forum sails a Cascade 42 out of Tacoma. The boats name is "Tabula Rasa." I'm doing an 18 month rebuild that has lasted 15 years. I guess my motto would be "If not now, whenever."
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Old 29-07-2007, 14:15   #5
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Welcome Gerry,
May your winds be fair. Many of the members on this site are very knowledgeable.

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I have owned some sort of sailing craft for most of my life and have cruised extensively in Puget sound and BC waters.
Lucky you!!

Welcome aboard cruisersforum, Gerry!!
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Old 29-07-2007, 17:43   #7
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Thanks to all for the warm welcome! I guess I had better move to the other forums to start seeking answers to some of my questions. See you all there!!
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