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Old 19-09-2009, 03:10   #1
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Hi all, I'm Marc and I am soon to set sail from the western end of Lake Erie to warm waters. My girlfriend and I Sabrina just bought a cal 9.2 and plan on living aboard and cruising. I have paid for property in western NC on which I have two airstream campers which is our land base. We bought our 9.2 "Choir Loft" on a whim and are "just doing it"! We are going to learn on the fly and will probably be here often...

It's Saturday Sept 18th and we want to boogie here in the next few days. All I have to do is install an automatic bilge pump and a new replacement water tank. Otherwise we are ready (bare bones but ready). We'll learn as we go so I look forward to the help and knowledge you all offer here in the forum.

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Old 19-09-2009, 03:47   #2
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Marc & Sabrina.
Look forward to hearing about your trip South, once you reach NC.

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Old 19-09-2009, 19:13   #3
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Welcome aboard and good luck as you head south.
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Old 19-09-2009, 19:23   #4
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Welcome aboard Sabrina and'll gain a wealth of knowledge from this site....enjoy

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enjoy the wind for it is free.......
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Old 21-09-2009, 09:30   #5
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Marc and Sabrina.
You've crossed the biggest hurdle.... to actauly make the decision and take off.
Fro there it is all fun.... good luck.
I made that decision 23 years ago but got a ltlle bogged down here in Nova Scotia (and maybe age is catching up). I left South Africa with my wife and the 15 month old son in 1986 and spent many happy years all over the place..... memories that are hard to come by while dreaming, sitting in your armchair.
When I'm not around, look at the horizon, that's where you'll find me.
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Old 23-09-2009, 09:09   #6
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Welcome Guys and good luck.

I share the others view you've made a big brave step - enjoy every one of them from now on.


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Airedog fantastic. So are you going through Erie bargecanal and down Hudson?
Wonderful trip if so.
This is the way to do it some people plan their whole lives and never get going.
Best of luck and welcome to a great forum./Harry
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Aloha Marc and Sabrina,
Welcome aboard! There are lots of books on sailing and check out Ashoreschool's link above. In addition to having the boat ready and willing it really is a good idea to bone up on the Rules of the Road. A nice easy book to read on how sails work is "Start Sailing Right!"
Good luck and keep us informed.

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