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Old 24-07-2013, 09:37   #1
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Hello fellow sailors and cruisers. I'm Skip, a 67 year old living aboard my '79 Cal 34 in San Diego. I've lived aboard for 24 years. I retired at age 55 from clinical medicine as a PA, then went cruising on my '82 Baba 30. I cruised the So. Cal channel islands, then trucked the boat to Annapolis and cruised the Chesapeake, then down the ICW to Florida, where I settled in at Choctahatchee Bay, about 30 miles east of Pensacola. Hurricanes in 2004 and 2005 damaged the boat, and I fixed it up enough to sell it. Then I signed on as crew on a 68 ft. Ketch sailing the Marshall Islands. After that I did the trailer sailor thing, but disliked the trucking it around part, and missed the bigger boats. So I bought the Cal and here I am, happily living aboard and doing hops over to Catalina Island now and then. I did crew on an Islander 32 from San Diego to Honolulu, Hawaii, which was a real scary adventure, a 27 day passage. I was never so glad to make a landfall! I'm looking forward to some online discourse with the cruising community here on the cruiser's forum.
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Old 24-07-2013, 10:36   #2
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Welcome aboard Skip, you Old Salt!

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Welcome aboard, Skip!
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Old 24-07-2013, 10:40   #4
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SailingSkip, Welcome to the community. I enjoyed your introduction. I also retired at 55 and am a long term liveaboard. Keep us posted of your adventures!
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Hi,
I'm a rank beginner but have aspirations to buy a 45' to 50' cruiser and sail away, convincing my wife is a challenge. My goal is to spend 2 years in the Med and 2 years in the Carib. Any and all advice is welcome.

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Old 24-07-2013, 10:48   #6
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Hey Skip,
'79 Cal 34... very cool boat.
I lived aboard and cruised out of Ventura back in the '80's.
Love the Channel Islands.
Up in SF Bay at the present time.
Planning a little trip down to The Channel again in September.
Headed up to the Delta this Saturday for a week or three to kill barnacles and suffer in 95 degrees of heat and 75 degree water.
Ciao
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
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