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Old 16-01-2006, 08:44   #1
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Good Day To All

Just wanted to formal introduce myself. The wife and I had been toying around with the idea of cruising and we finally decided to make the plans and go for it.

Funny how all of a sudden your perceptions change when you have a goal that is outside the norm for most of the population.


I look forward to discussions with everyone over the large number of questions and opinions that will be voiced.

6 years and counting....

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Old 16-01-2006, 08:47   #2
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Welcome 2divers
I'm in the same situation, just haven't married the girl yet.
Does buying a boat together count as a bigger commitment?
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Old 16-01-2006, 23:44   #3
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2divers. Welcome. You are about to embark on a journey, not of body but of mind....
Go for it. It is the best life there is.
pwedderell, no, it just means you should be committed Watch "the money pit" with Tom Hanks.
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Old 17-01-2006, 07:13   #4
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2divers welcome. We are doing what you are thinking of doing. It has been a adventure so far.
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Old 17-01-2006, 08:11   #5
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pwederell asks: ”...Does buying a boat together count as a bigger commitment?”
Absolutely!
It’s much more difficult to dissolve a boat-owner’s partnership, than a mere marriage.
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Old 17-01-2006, 08:18   #6
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Old 17-01-2006, 09:05   #7
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Sandy and myself will be done working before spring. I was done
Jan 14th and this summer we plan on cruising the Great Lakes this year, and hopefully next year we'll get to be more adventureous.

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Old 17-01-2006, 10:30   #8
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The "List"

Well, I've been reading my butt off, trying to learn as much as I can to start my search. Must say Kudo's to some of the best threads I've seen yet on hull materials, engines and other sundry detailed things.

My dad lives on a Morgan 44 in Severna Park, MD and I spent Christamas with Him on his boat... Loved that!!!! It's been a while since I slept that well....

Back to the List of things to do that will allow me to change my lifestyle.

1) revisit my investments to creat more passive income than I have now. Improve said investments!

2) take some time and learn how to repair heating/AC units ( 2 or 3 semesters at the local comunity college) (looking for possible income here in the future)

3) remove almost all credit card debt from my financial statement!

4) Visit the Valiant Factory in Gordonville, Texas ( it's only about 2 hours north so why not!)

5) start bareboating on a variety of boats available here in the Gulf and inland lakes to learn what we like and don't like.

6) hit the boat show in Annapolis in October

7) learn celestial navigation while the ground is not moving and I have a good desert sky to use.

8) pick back up my martial arts training.

9) learn french

10) re write the list again next week

That should start it......
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I like the Valiant 50 very much.
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Old 17-01-2006, 12:21   #10
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I agree, They are starting on a new 50 here in Feb and should be 1/2 done inside around May or so... I think thats when I'll head up...

BUT half a mill for a new boat that's not outfitted for blue water yet is a way to much for me..... I am more than half tempted to look for a used Valiant, but I don't think I could afford a new one.... May be a new 42 but that would be about it.... Those aren't to bad either...... I visited a number of years ago before my Dad bought his Morgan... I was impressed then...

I'm looking for a blue water cruiser to circumnavigate with.
any suggestions to look at?
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Welcome aboard 2divers

This is WHERE THE TRUTH IS?
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Old 17-01-2006, 20:35   #12
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Ah a boat brat 2divers, I think you have a good plan for a big budget, and I wish you well. You also seem to have a good perspective on the ever changing plans of the cruising sailor. You will go far.
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Good on you, go for it.
Everybody has their own expectations of comfort but I would ditch the AC and the debt in the same breath. And I already know how to repair em. I haven't quite got to the minimalist stage yet but trying hard.
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Old 18-01-2006, 09:32   #14
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Why ditch the AC education? Two questions:
1) have you cruised outside the US?
2) Has is not proved usefull?
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Nah, just meant no AC, one less thing to go wrong. Mind you, I've spent most all of my working life fixing boats so the novelty has worn off a bit.
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