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Old 23-07-2008, 19:45   #1
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Greetings from the Strait

Strait of Juan de Fuca, that is.

Thanks to all of you who make this forum such an approchable place for information gathering and answer-seeking! After many years as the "maintenance" half of a partnership on an Ericson 34, my husband and I are on the prowl for a 35 - 42 footer to take us cruising for one to ?? years. We're looking forward to Vancouver Island, Alaska, down to Mexico, and then...who knows? Depends, in part, on how quickly I develop my sailing skills beyond that of an advanced beginner. I'm a mountaineer, a guide, and a search-and-rescue member, and used to being in charge and having decades of experience to help me with decisions relating to weather, equipment, route selection, etc. This sailing thing is quite a humbling endeavor, one that I am am enjoying while being constantly aware just how out of my element I am!

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Old 23-07-2008, 20:04   #2
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You'll do fine. I spent a long time moutaineering. It's good mental training for cruising. It's a mental game as much as practice. Lots of rope tricks too. Leave the crampons at home though. No use at all at sea.

It's all fun so enjoy the things you can read here before you go. Post boat pictures in the gallery. (They all love pictures here).

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Welcome Carla,
I'm with Paul and suspect you'll take to it like a duck to water. Good luck, keep us posted, and enjoy!
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Aloha Carlab3,
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