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Old 22-03-2011, 13:39   #1
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Greetings from Long Island!

(That's Long Island, New York - I always forget how many Long Islands there are..) I've been reading some of the threads and it seems some very knowledgeable sailors are members here. Anyways, my husband and I are transitioning from avid coastal cruisers to - I don't know - something else. Live aboards at the least, and hopefully something much more if we get it right.

We both own our own businesses and Long Island's economy has been hit hard, so I keep thinking "Maybe it's really time to go now". We sold our Pearson 365 to buy a Roberts Offshore 44 in steel in 2002. It's in Florida, we're in NY, we try to go down for a month every year to work on it, but it's just not happening.

Just last week I found a 55' custom schooner (ferrocement) that looks like it may serve all our needs. I posted a thread on your site and the feedback has been not only helpful but amazingly polite! My favorite saying is "I don't know what I don't know" but some sites make me feel like an idiot for not knowing. Kudos to you for a sneer-free site!

I'm looking forward to reading more - wish me luck with our next project!

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Old 22-03-2011, 21:25   #2
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Re: Greetings from Long Island!

Welcome Redhead, From a fellow Long Islander. It is a wise
person who knows what they don't know! They are also
fairly rare, especially us male types.
Refitting/working on any boat long distance is really a push,
especially with running a business.
Should be a lot of good info on ferro in archives...maybe there
is a dutch uncle on the forum that will take you under their
wing and fill you in on the good and bad.
Proceed with caution, as with any boat some were great and
some not so.
Good luck, Hugo
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Old 23-03-2011, 05:09   #3
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Re: Greetings from Long Island!

Welcome Aboard and enjoy CF.

Long Island has got to be one of my favorite ice teas.

Hope to see more posts from you..
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Old 23-03-2011, 05:30   #4
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Re: Greetings from Long Island!

Red,

I hear you about the economy here. I imagine it's a lot worse elsewhere. Sailors who can sail away need to be seriously considering that and stay prepared. I fear the worst is yet to come.

I call it Wrong Island, because it's not the type of island of my dreams. Welcome aboard... feel free to contact about ... anything from local knowledge to whatever.

Fair winds and following seas,

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Re: Greetings from Long Island!

Yup. I reckon once you get on that boat and go, the economy just won't seem so important any more (except the one in your own pocket!)

Have a great time! And welcome aboard!
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
It's good to have you here.
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