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Old 02-10-2018, 08:53   #1
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Alilyn

Hi there.
We're new to this site so a little introduction. Been living on a narrow boat for two years in England after spending 15 years living and working in La Rochelle France but never finding the time to sail. Now after our 6 kids have finally flown the coop we feel its our time to fulfill our dream and sail.
We will be needing lots of advice along the way from searching for our vessel to planning where to go.
We have both sailed in our younger years, whilst sailing is a bit like riding a bike, a lot of the technologies have moved on. We are also older 52&55(and maybe a little bit wiser). My partner was involved in a motorbike accident and only has the use of one arm - just to make things a little more challenging.
We do hope there will be some of you out there that will be able to guide us in our future adventures.
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Old 02-10-2018, 15:12   #2
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Welcome aboard CF Alilyn!

Just ask away, and folks will spring up out of the wood work to answer.

Should you want to research on concepts, use the CF Custom Google Search function. It works best for that. The plain CF search is a case sensitive perfect match deal. The Search button provides a menu, and the CF Custom Google Search is a ways down that.

Your early 50's is a great time to start cruising. For you guys, be sure to size the winches to the least strong of the two of you. It may be a big investment to upgrade them in the beginning, but it is a choice that will serve you well throughout your cruising years.

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Old 02-10-2018, 15:35   #3
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Welcome Alilyn,
Me and my co-captain are in our mid youth like the two of you, we have gotten great advice here. Both of you will find all sorts of very good information here, like sizing winches for the least strong crew member, (Ann)
Enjoy your search for that just right boat and the adventures that you will have.

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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Alilyn.
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Welcome aboard CF Alilyn!

Just ask away, and folks will spring up out of the wood work to answer.

Should you want to research on concepts, use the CF Custom Google Search function. It works best for that. The plain CF search is a case sensitive perfect match deal. The Search button provides a menu, and the CF Custom Google Search is a ways down that.

Your early 50's is a great time to start cruising. For you guys, be sure to size the winches to the least strong of the two of you. It may be a big investment to upgrade them in the beginning, but it is a choice that will serve you well throughout your cruising years.

Ann
Welcome.

Looking for a boat with big or powered winches will make thing easier. Many modern boats have bi-directional powered winches as well as windlass. In mast furlers eliminate hoisting the main. The easier you make it, the more you will get going.

We are about 10% powered but we have a Milwaukee 1/2 inch right angle drill motor, 28 volts lithium powered with a winchbit to power any winch. Make sure you turn the right angle pert for 2:1 reduction.
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