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Old 15-08-2008, 15:03   #1
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Hello from Germany !

Hi everybody,

my name is Alfred and I am a retired ex IBM employee. I am sailing for nearly three decades now and still like the challenge of the open seas very much. I had my own sailboat for 16 years in the south of France (near St. Tropez) and know the western med quite well. I do not like the North sea and/or the Baltic sea and dont know much about it. Much too cold and much to shallow there for my taste.

I have sold the boat recently and currently looking for a new boat. An Oceanis 423 would be my favourite for the time beeing. I have charterd it twice and liked it.

Looking at the falling prices for motor boats in the US though, I am also tempted to buy such a boat there and use it for some cruising in the US waters. I have travelled the ICW partially and would like to do the "Big Loop" sometime.

Please feel free to correct my spelling in English. I am still eager to improve in that area.
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Old 15-08-2008, 15:30   #2
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Hi from Sweden.

Oceanis 423 looks very nice.

Have you seen Elan Impression 434?
And take a look at hunter 45 series. I like the 45 CC...and i think you can find used Hunter in Us at good prices...

correct my english to!!
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Old 15-08-2008, 16:03   #3
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Hi to Sweden,

you are right that one could find cheap sailing boats in the US too. But I am not eager to sail it across the atlantic really. Elan boats used to be very fast - but I dont know about the new types. I do prefer the French boats because they still seem to have a nice design, a sound quality at a good price and you can get all spare parts very easily in the med.
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Old 15-08-2008, 18:34   #4
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Herzlichen Wilkommen, Alfred. Oceanis 423 should be a very nice boat. I hope you find one that you like soon. As for spelling in English, you seem to have that down quite well.

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Old 02-09-2008, 17:45   #5
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Aloha Alfred,
Welcome aboard! I had the pleasure of spending 4 years in Germany (Stuttgart) and in fact learned to sail on Chiemsee in 1972.
Good to have you here.
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Old 03-09-2008, 15:28   #6
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Lucky guy

Aloha JohnL,

many thanks for your warm welcome. I am glad you enjoyed beeing in Germany for some time. It looks like you are living at the bright side of life beeing in Hawaii. I had a chance to see some of the islands in the late eighties when good old Panam still existed and offered me and my wife a free trip in first class. Yes they had a good "Milage Programs" at that time and since I was frequently traveling between the U.S. and Germany I collected enough miles. I liked the area very much, but had no chance to do some sailing there. Stepping on nearly boiling lava from Kilauea was very impressive.

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Aloha Alfred,
Kilauea is still venting. The lava is flowing into the ocean about 15 miles south of where I live.
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