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Old 21-01-2011, 06:50   #1
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Greetings from SE USA

Greetings fellow boat and water lovers -

New to this forum but have enjoyed researching old and new post alike for the last few months.

Part-time sailing for over a decade yet still a "newbie" as no outing on the water has ever been identical to the one before, no matter how familiar the area. (Much of the fun of sailing/boating for myself and my husband is the continuous learning/exploring!)

Thus far the US east coast, Bahamas etc., have been our primary areas of exploration. Currently onboard five - six months a year; hope to increase that time and get into the Caribbean within the next couple of years.

Again, appreciate all the shared knowledge offered and look forward to being a participant.

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Old 21-01-2011, 07:32   #2
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Sailing Mermaid, welcome to CF,

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Old 21-01-2011, 07:42   #3
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Thanks Pete!

Hope the UK winter is passing with minimal difficulty for you and yours.

Thanks again,
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Old 21-01-2011, 18:17   #4
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Howdy Sailing Mermaid. Like you, one of the reasons I enjoy sailing is that there is always more to learn. Sounds like you have had a heap of experience which in my mind doesn't make you a newbie .
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Old 21-01-2011, 19:42   #5
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Troppo, greetings and thanks for the welcome!

I am a newbie to this forum and suppose I'll always be a "new sailor". It's all relative?!

While boat shopping years ago in Southwest Harbor, Maine, I met a gentleman sailor of 70+ yoa who had sailed weekly his entire life along the NE coast of US and beyond who still considered himself a beginner. He said "I've never left a dock on a boat that I didn't learn something new; whether it's something about the boat, about the water, about the weather, or about myself. I've never stopped learning and have never stopped feeling that there is not more I need to learn." His comment was expressed with such a humbleness and a sincerity I was struck by the honesty and reality of his statement and the thought has remained with me.

As a sailor, all I can do is prepare to the best of my ability, maintain my boat with care, patience, and routine, and it helps if I can bring along a sense of humor! (Isn't there a rule - something like: if it can go wrong, it will go wrong, and it'll be at the worst time, and that'll likely be while your mother-in-law is visiting.)

Troppo, thanks again for the welcome and encouraging words! Hope you've not endured difficulties from the floods being reported on CNN and BBC news. Have a great weekend!

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Old 21-01-2011, 19:52   #6
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Well, it's about time you said howdy. (I'm kidding, of course--I still haven't done my meets and greets.)

Seriously, however, I think it's cruel you just say "Taswell" in the boat column.

Which one?

Oh, and welcome to the forum.
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Old 21-01-2011, 20:41   #7
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Greetings Bash and a Friday "howdy" back,

Thanks for the welcome and smile! No cruelty intended! Has been a rare sight for me to see one along a dock and have met few people who recognize the name but she's a stout center cockpit sloop.

You have your boat in a pretty homeport (am fortunate to have gotten to visit)! Lovely area!

Again, thanks for the welcome and the CA "howdy"! Have a great weekend.

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Old 01-02-2011, 12:52   #8
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
I've seen some of your posts before and you have a lot of valuable input.
I agree that each time I see, talk about, sail or make a repair on a boat or ship there is something new to be learned. I've been at it for about 48 years and haven't got it all down yet. Slow learner : )
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And welcome aboard from the opposite corner of the USA. Even after 40 years of being on/off the water its still a new adventure.
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SkiprJohn,

Greetings and thank you for the welcome!

Appreciate your kind words and encouragement. Am having great fun cruising around CF unearthing interesting information!

Thanks again for the welcome and look forward to seeing your posts!

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Greetings Delmarrey and fellow "Adventurer",

Appreciate your welcome and my husband advocates adventures for staying young and healthy! He has a few years on me and I can vouch it's working for him! Have yet to visit the NW of US, but hear of it's beauty routinely from travelers who've spent time there.

Again, thanks for the welcome!

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