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Old 06-09-2014, 11:51   #1
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Hello (Ahoy) All,

We are new to sailing. I am not a complete newbie as my older brother has sailed many ocean passages and was a liveaboard, and I have day sailed with him many times. Groing up on the ICW in Cocoa Beach, Fl. I was around boats constantly, but I would say I am definetly a "sailing" novice.

My wife and I have wanted to cruise since we met years ago. We have finally come to the conclusion that we must do it now, or it will never happen. We are selling everything, house, cars, unwanted stuff (not the 9 year old, we're kinda attatched to her)

We plan on just cruising the ICW for around a year, and then venture to the Bahamas. We are fortunate as my Mother and Father still have the house on the ICW in Cocoa Beach, Fl for our home base. We have not found a boat, but we are actively looking. We think we want a 2 cabin boat like a center cockpit 70s Erwin. For the room. Suggestions?

Any how, I wanted to introduce ourselves, because we will be hitting ya'll up for as much info we can get. We will keep the furum posted with our progress. Craig, Carol, and Killian.
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Old 06-09-2014, 11:56   #2
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Welcome to CF guys!

All I can say is... DO IT!

You'll get more than a helping hand and advice here... friends...

Are you 100% sure about the 9yo?? You'll have more room...
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Moparots, welome to the community. A 1970's Irwin might suit you well, but I tend to agree with those that suggest that the quality of vessels of that age is determined more by the care of the boat than the manufacturer. I would recommend that you don't narrow your search by brand and that you keep your eyes open to a wide variety. There will be a beautiful fit for you that might come unexpectedly.
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Moparots, welome to the community. A 1970's Irwin might suit you well, but I tend to agree with those that suggest that the quality of vessels of that age is determined more by the care of the boat than the manufacturer. I would recommend that you don't narrow your search by brand and that you keep your eyes open to a wide variety. There will be a beautiful fit for you that might come unexpectedly.
Like Hudson's boat!

(well... similar... I think he's rather attached to her...)
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Like Hudson's boat!

(well... similar... I think he's rather attached to her...)
Yes, my boat was constructed in 1973 just down the same road from the Irwins. My vessel is the "slow, toad-faced, mother tub" and I've cruised and lived on these Out islands since 1973. They might not be everybody's boat and they would not be mine if I had big money, but there's no way I'm letting mine go until I'm headed for the "home" ashore!
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Re: Hello (Ahoy) All,

Thanks folks. I refered to the Irwin 37, because I read somewhere, that it was one of the (if not the first in the 70s) that had the aft and bow cabins with a hallway between them instead of two (forward/aft) companion ways from the cockpit. We saw one in Cocoa Beach, and loved it (little pricey, but then maybe not). We are definetly open to all brands.

Yeah we gotta keep the kid. Looking into home schooling for the year.

Love all the logistics of a venture like this, but a bit overwelming.
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.................... 'had the aft and bow cabins with a hallway between them instead of two (forward/aft) companion ways from the cockpit. ...............
There are many compromises made with the choice of a boat. You may have a "hallway" from forward to aft or you may have a larger engine room. You may have your children "go to their room" or remain. We raised our two children aboard from infancy to ages 7 & 9 in a 33' boat without much in the way of separate cabins. When they were 7 & 9 we had some joy in having a vessel where the aft cabin was only accessed from the cockpit and it was spit athwartship into separate cabins for our son and daughter. We did, and still do, have an enclosed bimini. I don't think the separation was a problem. A simple intercom is an easy fit. Movement from the forward cabin to aft can be easy in all weather. The walk though has it's advantages, but so does the walk over!
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Re: Hello (Ahoy) All,

'70's 41 Islander Freeport has what you are looking for...

Quite the tub, but comfy....
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Re: Hello (Ahoy) All,

I'm on the same boat here. Been lurking for awhile. I am 31 yrs old but I can retire early in 12 years. I made a mistake in buying a 31 ft powerboat when I should've invested in a sailboat. I been cruising on cruise ships but I would like to permanently cruise around the world for the rest of my life. Good luck to you.



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'70's 41 Islander Freeport has what you are looking for...

Quite the tub, but comfy....
Right, what was that TV show from the '70's that featured a family living on and cruising an Islander 41 around Hawaii?
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Welcome aboard and best of luck finding just the perfect boat. Sometimes the boat finds you.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Moparots.
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Right, what was that TV show from the '70's that featured a family living on and cruising an Islander 41 around Hawaii?
Hudson...

Don't know the show, but right in my wheelhouse of youth TV! Now ya got me googlin'

Another bud of mine had one... I couldn't believe the room on it...
Not my cup of tea, or even close... but can see the appeal for some...
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Don't know the show, but right in my wheelhouse of youth TV! Now ya got me googlin' ................
I found it,- "Westwind" 1975-1976
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