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Old 12-12-2007, 17:50   #1
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Greetings from a soon to be full time cruiser

The boat is a Corbin 39. The skipper is a canadian 59 ( years old that is).

I have given my employer my final notice and will retire on the 14th of january 2008.

The boat is now frozen hard on the shore of lake Champlain. I will start full time cruising next september. The Bahamas will be my first destination. After that I will go with the flow...

It will be mostly a singlehanded affair. ( Not by choice, my wife and co-skipper passed away in a car accident last summer. I have decided to keep with our plans as she would have wanted me to).

I have a little experience. A 6 month cruise on a 27 ft Fantasia with teenage sons and wife back in 84 took us from North Africa to Plymouth, England.

I have the Corbin since 2003 and have been cruising lake Champlain. I have been getting the boat ready for single handed sailing; bow thruster, boom furling for the mainsail complement the genoa furling.

I still have to buy the required blue water gears, liferaft, new radar, self steering and autopilot,....etc. I will welcome any recommendations, advices and will be searching the forums for information on singlehanded cruisers .

I hope to get to know you all better in the next few months,


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Old 12-12-2007, 18:12   #2
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You may be singlehanded, but I think she'll be there with you.anyway.

Fair winds.

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Old 12-12-2007, 18:43   #3
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Welcome Tangaroa. The sailors on this forum know a heck of a lot and are very helpful. I learn at least one important, new thing every day on this forum.
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Old 12-12-2007, 19:16   #4
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Hello from another soon to be retired, live aboard cruiser! My husband is going to be 60 in August and I'm a year behind him.
Look forward to hearing what you learned on your cruise and what more you will learn living out your dream! Good luck!

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Old 12-12-2007, 19:27   #5
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There are a whole lot of single and double handed cruisers out here in our age group!

You've got a lot to look forward to!

While you're going cruising (not racing) and even though you're not in San Francisco Bay - The Singlehanded Sailing Society has a number of forums with information you may find of interest. Click the "Forums" link on the website below:

Singlehanded Sailing Society

They have a "Shorthanded Sailing" forum for folks interested in techniques and who are out cruising.

Good luck! We'll see you when you get to the West Coast of Mexico (unless we've moved on first!).

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Old 13-12-2007, 06:46   #6
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Welcome aboard. We have a few years on you but we are doing the same thing. We still haven't finished with the west coast of Canada yet. Too much to see not enough time.
The basis of accomplishment is in never quitting
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Old 13-12-2007, 11:02   #7
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Old 13-12-2007, 11:24   #8
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Aloha Tangaroa,
Welcome aboard!! Good to have you here and to see you are going to fulfill your dreams soon. Lots of good information here on the forum.
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