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Old 14-03-2015, 16:09   #1
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Greetings from Arizona

You are proably thinking Arizona? Yes we do lack both water and wind but everyone has to come from somewhere. I have been a diesel and heavy equipment mechanic up untill medically retiring last year. My passion has always been motorcycles restoring and building customs. But after getting hit hard a couple years back and losing too many close friends to "distracted drivers" I have started looking at other means to get the much needed wind in my face. I have spent a lot of time in Florida and just recently moved my daughter to West Palm. Whenever we would go to the beach I could not keep my eyes of of the beautiful sailboats going by. A wise friend once told me "Do what you need to do To get what you want to get" The house is sold have a couple of bikes left to sale and we are on our way to a new adventure. Have been reading as much material as possible and sailing sounds a lot like riding old harleys. Work on them as much as you ride them and both can have dire results if neglected or over confident. I am good with that and look forward to living and learning.

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Old 14-03-2015, 17:21   #2
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Welcome aboard! I used to live west of you, but now am east of you in an even drier (fewer square miles of water) state.
Have fun looking for your dream boat! And enjoy it plenty when you're finally on board.

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Old 15-03-2015, 01:57   #3
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Hey there, Mac Who,

Welcome aboard. Man are you in for a new experience!

Unsolicited advice: start small and see how you like it before you go big. Even only a year on a 20-25 ft. sailboat will give you a much better idea of what you may want later on, if you even like it!


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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, McWho.
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Old 15-03-2015, 03:39   #5
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Welcome aboard McWho! It sounds like you'll fit right in.
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Old 15-03-2015, 22:07   #6
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Thanks folks, great advice thanks Ann.

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Old 15-03-2015, 22:26   #7
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Hi Mc! I sail in NM and sometimes in Arizona, CO , and elsewhere. Have you met up with AZ sailors yet? My son teaches sailing now and then with the Arizona Sailing Foundation.
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Old 16-03-2015, 12:53   #8
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Hi rgscpat,
I have looked it up and thought about lessons, but we have to be out of the house May first heading east. I plan on taking lessons and spending as much time as possible on the water when we reach Fl. Meeting new folks and offering my mechanical skills in exchange for time on water.

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