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Old 21-08-2007, 18:24   #1
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Greetings from Nantucket...

Just joined about a week ago, and I've had a great time bouncing all over this site (especially the Sailor's Confessional). My sailing resume is skimpy and outdated at best; For many years, I was a member at a sailing club where I took all the ASA classes through offshore passagemeking. I crewed on the delivery of the clubs 2 Cal 39's from Great Abaco, Bahamas to Norfolk, Virginia. I also owned an O'Day 27 that I used to sail around Nantucket Sound, but I've been boatless for many years now. You can imagine how frustrating that is when you live on a tiny island. Occasionally, my friend Pete will call to take his Hunter 37 for a day sail...other than that, I'm high and dry.

Now after building a house, a business and a family, and working 70+ hour weeks for several years just so we can give all our profits to Uncle Sam, even my mid-western born wife is willing to consider the idea of cruising. It may take several years to form a plan, iron out the details and (hopefully) make it a reality, but at least we're talking about it.
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Old 21-08-2007, 20:56   #2
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Welcome - In the meantime get a boat - any boat that floats and get on the water. It's good for the soul!

My brother has a 15 foot Force 5 and we go out and have a blast in it.
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Old 21-08-2007, 21:34   #3
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Welcome - In the meantime get a boat - any boat that floats and get on the water. It's good for the soul!

My brother has a 15 foot Force 5 and we go out and have a blast in it.
Well...to be honest, I did buy a 20 year old O'Day Daysailor III last fall. I put it in the water this past June, sailed it once with my 5 year old son and 3 year old daughter, then lost the mast when the head stay broke during a storm (it was sitting on the mooring at the time). I've ordered all new standing rigging, but it hasn't arrived yet.

On top of that, there was a nice 7 1/2 foot Puffin dinghy included with the deal when I bought the daysailor. I went out last week to check on it only to find that someone stole it.
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Old 21-08-2007, 23:10   #4
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Wow - That blows all around, don't it?

Good luck with remasting.
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Old 22-08-2007, 21:22   #5
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Aloha Ish,

Get that O'Day sailing and you'll be in love again. Welcome aboard!! Good to have you here. The forum has started to be a little faster again so feel free to post. Sorry about your dink. It happens a lot. Hope you can find the culprit.
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Yo, welcome Ish.
Sorry to hear for the small setbacks, but sure you'll overcome and we'll see you and your partner out there cruising before long.
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