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Old 06-12-2017, 11:33   #1
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Hello December 2017

Hi, I have never sailed, nor been on a sailboat. I have been on some small motor boats, the waterski kind. Back in the 90's I went on a fishing trawler off the coast of seasick lol.

I have been reading forums and watching youtube videos about sailing and trawlering (lol, just made that up) actually "cruising" and "live-aboard"'s an interesting life style to me. Don't know if I'll ever dive in (yuk yuk) but maybe.... I'm retired military, fairly early at 49,,,been retired for a couple of years.

I could work, I just don't want to. Lots to think about here....and seems like a very nice forum community.

So..... ahoy...... and stuff!

(Names not Garry, that's just an avatar forum name, you can search garryowen and see what it is)

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Old 07-12-2017, 01:57   #2
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Hi, DK, aka avatar Garryowen, welcome aboard CF.

There are effective medications for seasickness. If you start sailing, you'll want to experiment with many till you find what works.


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Old 07-12-2017, 03:29   #3
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, DK.
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Old 07-12-2017, 09:50   #4
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Welcome aboard DK. Where are you located? I'd say get yourself a nice little fun, easy sailboat, single sail (the "mainsail") probably on a trailer, push yourself out on a day with a little breeze and make lots of mistakes (but don't hit anybody!) and just figure out how to make the boat go. You'll have a blast and you'll be hooked. Good luck!
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Old 07-12-2017, 10:41   #5
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Re: Hello December 2017

Thanks for the welcome, I really should have mentioned I spend as much time thinking of sailing as well. I'm just not sure what path to possibly take. I spend much time perusing 40' sail boats...but I'm solo so that would definately be more challenging.

I think often about sailing the south pacific and asia amongst other places but maybe great loop or pac nor west motor boating is better....just not sure.

I'm an hour drive north of Lake Tahoe....
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Old 08-12-2017, 06:59   #6
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Re: Hello December 2017

Welcome aboard, DK! Lots of military retirees around here, some living a dream similar to yours. I've 28 years USN/USAF and recently bought my first sail cruiser. Enjoy the ride and let us know how we can help!

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Old 08-12-2017, 08:56   #7
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Hello December 2017

I hate to say it, but as you know, finances will drive your decision more than anything else.
Power boats can be a great deal as a marina live aboard, but can get pretty expensive if they actually move much.
Sailboats even if used as a power boat since they have such tiny little motors, burn very little fuel. Just donít cover as much ground in a day.

What kind of Retirement do you have?
Which Cav unit were you with, how long?

If the goal is to Cruise Asia or the South Pacific, it may make a whole lot more sense to buy a boat there?
My goal is South Pacific, but getting there is a daunting task
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Old 09-12-2017, 22:24   #8
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Thanks....I have an active duty pension so it's not too bad....Many (many) years ago I was in D Trp. 1/7 Cav...but I was young then

Yeah...even more daunting with no sailing experience !

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