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Old 19-11-2014, 14:47   #1
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Smile Hello from Kelowna, BC, Canada

My keel boat cruising life began in 1979 on a 30 year old 32 ft Morgan out of Hope Town Bahamas - 3 months of heaven - no engine, just an ice box, lived off the sea and basked in love under the sun.
I would really like to get back to that space - with a few more creature comforts and toys.

Have owned several mono hulls since - and chartered Cats up to 45 ft.

Looking for the world cruising platform that is nimble and comfortable for a couple to sail with occasional guests.

I would use it on the BC coast for a while them set off across the big blue.

Many of you have done this and more and I truly value knowledgeable input - though I am well past the mono vs multi debate - I do not like healing over for days on end and I like living above the water line.

Now I just have to get the financial plan in order ----- crap thats the hard part!

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Old 19-11-2014, 14:58   #2
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Re: Hello from Kelowna, BC, Canada

Hi Kimble and welcome to the forum.

My start in cruising was similar. Based across the sound in Marsh Harbor on a 36 Morgan in the late seventies. Managed to boat bum around for about ten years before going back to the real world. Thirty years later finally have another boat and plan to retire next year and go sailing again.

Getting the money wasn't the hardest part. It was getting the house, getting land life all organized and set so we have a home base to come back to. Makes the wife feel a lot more secure knowing the home is waiting, just in case.
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Old 19-11-2014, 15:06   #3
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Re: Hello from Kelowna, BC, Canada

I have way too much house and land - need to downsize everything.

Condo in Kitsilano, Vancouver is maybe the route to keep my wife happy.

I need the boat to get refocused on the boating life - too long inland.

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Old 19-11-2014, 18:30   #4
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Re: Hello from Kelowna, BC, Canada

Welcome on CF Fudogs. You should be able to find a boat in Seattle, Vancouver or thereabouts. You won't see too much of a selection of cats in the PNW, however, so that could make your shopping more of a challenge. Not like Florida & Caribbean, that's for sure.

We did some charters out of Vancouver to Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and Desolation Sound and just loved it. Blue Pacific at Granville Island has at least one cat you can charter. It's a Lagoon 400. We chartered her for the Desolation Sound trip.

Good luck to you!
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Re: Hello from Kelowna, BC, Canada

How did you find the Cat on the trip to Desolation Sound?

I have been thinking of a motor sailer or trawler for this coast. Have chartered trawlers from the same outfit twice and love this coast - all the fish, crab, oyster and prawns you could want just for the taking.
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Re: Hello from Kelowna, BC, Canada

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Kimble.
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How did you find the Cat on the trip to Desolation Sound?
We really liked the cat. Georgia Strait typically blows either NW or SE so it's the luck of the draw if you will have favorable wind or not. We had a great downwind sail going North but we were into the wind motoring on the way back I recall. If you are crossing the strait from Vancouver to the Gulf Islands or coming back you're usually on a reach there and back. Howe Sound can blow in or out depending. Check the forecasts.

Here's a review I did of our trip:
Lagoon 400 - False Creek to Desolation Sound
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We have a condo in the International Village, just near the stadiums overlooking False Creek. If you can handle Mayor Moonbeam for another term, Vancouver is a great city with a really active sailing community. If you consider joining a Yacht Club, Vancouver has some really great ones.
Welcome aboard the 'Board, and hope to see you out cruising our way soon.
Regards, David on "Morgan"
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Re: Hello from Kelowna, BC, Canada

Enjoyed your description of the trip aboard the Lagoon.
Makes me want to focus on Cats as that is the platform I would choose for water sailing">blue water sailing.
I will look you up in Vancouver when I am there next.

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Aloha and welcome aboard to another kindred spirit.
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