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Old 13-06-2007, 22:36   #1
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Ahoy from the bay area!!

Hi all -

We sail every week on the glorious San Francisco Bay - the boat is docked in Pont Richmond so we're out to Angel Island / Raccoon before you know it. From there the possibilties are endless!!

Over the last 3 years we've sailed over 3000 miles (mostly in the bay) on our beautiful 78 Islander 36 "MoonPearL" Occassional trips out the gate to Drake's and Half Moon Bay have my partner Cindy and I dreaming of real cruising down south and off into the wild blue yonder...

We love our Islander but feel like we need a better cruising boat, so we are looking for more displacement and a bit more LWL, along with a good cruising rig and more space to stow the essentials. Maybe a 40+ foot cutter or ketch...

Looking forward to hearing the ups and downs from other cruisers about their boats, ports, people.....

Every time I go sailing I learn something new or re-learn something old - that's what messing about in boats is about.

Rich & Cindy
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Old 13-06-2007, 22:39   #2
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Rich/Cindy, welcome aboard. If you are up to it, July 1 is the Boreas Race put on by Elkhorn Yacht Club and Half Moon Bay Yacht Club. It is a race from Half Moon to Moss Landing. Basic club racing, nothing hard core. Might be a great chance to expand your range.
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Old 14-06-2007, 11:50   #4
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Aloha Rich and Cindy,
Welcome aboard!! I remember San Rafael. I spent some time on Treasure Island, at Hunters Point and at Vallejo while in the Navy. Love the Bay area. Lots of sailors and nice boats to drool over.
My personal opinion is that you have a very nice boat. I would not trade up in size, just make improvements and beef up what you have. Bigger boats require bigger maintenance costs, dock fees, more muscle or more electric/hydraulic assistance. For example, look up the cost of a new self tailing sheet winch for your current boat, then look up the cost of a new Lewmar 58CST (good size for a 42 footer).
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