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Old 24-03-2011, 17:45   #1
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Greetings all...another dreamer comes aboard!

Hello,

I'm a 29-year-old male working stiff, college-educated, and my sailing experience is limited to a fun weekend sailing a Laser on an inland lake with a friend in college. I come from a working-class background, and grew up out in the country working with my hands and doing real, honest work. Now, at 29, like many other people (I assume many on this board), I've found the 40 hour a week desk job to be turning into a slog. Call it a quarter-life crisis or whatever.

I've always been a "water dog." I love the ocean, love to swim, snorkel, and dive (I'm a PADI Open Water Diver). I love the beach, and having visited the Caribbean a couple of times, have found that I love the slow pace of life and the beautiful weather (Save for the hurricanes, of course).

Somehow a couple of years ago I ended up reading James Baldwin's account of his circumnavigation aboard Atom, which I'm pretty sure planted a seed in my mind.

So here I am. I probably won't be posting much, but just soaking up the knowledge of those that have been there and done that. I don't necessarily have designs on making landfall in the Marquesas, amazing though it would be; I think having a sundowner in the cockpit on the Chesapeake would be a more realistic first step! I'm just here trying to take the first steps toward determining if the cruising life is both something I want to venture into, and something that's feasible to me.

Best wishes to all of you out on the water.
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Old 24-03-2011, 19:10   #2
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Re: Greetings all...another dreamer comes aboard!

Great to have you here! Many cruisers are first interested after reading a great sailing book.
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Old 24-03-2011, 20:19   #3
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Welcome aboard

You'll find out the sundowners in the Chesapeake will start getting drunk further south as the years go by.
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Old 24-03-2011, 21:15   #4
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Get a small yacht that you can afford, and give cruising a try.
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Welcome aboard CF, Good to have you.
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Welcome,
In time a dream becomes a plan,
Then you set a time line, and you are on the way.
I have set my time.
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Old 25-03-2011, 05:19   #7
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Ballistic hi and welcome to CF. As we have suggested to Gasaholic this morning, join a local sailing club and experience sailing other folks yachts, they don't bite.

The other thought is, go on a practical sailing course somewhere nice for a holiday to gain experence and sail with other like you wanting to learn. Great way to meet folk and have a good time.

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Lots of 'boat experience' available on the Chesapeake. Look at spin sheet magazine for crew listings for wed night races. Season is just starting.

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Aloha and welcome aboard!
Good to have you here.
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