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Old 20-07-2015, 11:03   #1
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Hello from Arkansas

Hello everyone!
I'm 51 and getting back into sailing after a 15 year absence. I kept a 30 ft sailboat on Lake Pontchartrain for several years but it's been way too long. Currently living in Northwest Arkansas, and Current plan is to find a blue water capable boat within the next two years and cast off the lines in 3-5 years for live aboard / permanent cruising.
Until then... Learn as much as I can and Prepare for the adventure!

Fair winds!
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Old 20-07-2015, 11:57   #2
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Re: Hello from Arkansas

Hi Mark, Welcome to the CF community.
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Old 20-07-2015, 15:25   #3
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Hi, Mark,

Welcome aboard.

If you already have a clear idea of what you want in a boat, start looking soonest. We had a list of what we wanted when we went to upgrade from our first Insatiable; we looked for 3 years before the right boat came along. Oh, incidentally, I thiink the list really helps, we also had on it some things we would not accept. Cuts through a lot of broker baloney..

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Old 20-07-2015, 18:44   #4
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Welcome! Good suggestions by Ann. My definition of the type of boat I wanted changed over a 3-year time when I left the Chesapeake Bay region and started sailing on San Francisco Bay. If it's possible, try to sail offshore as much as you can to get a feel for what you might like.
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Howdy and Welcome Aboard CF!

Good luck on your sailing adventures and have fun!

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Old 21-07-2015, 10:53   #6
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Thanks for the welcome, and also great suggestions. Much appreciated!
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