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Old 10-03-2012, 18:04   #1
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Hello from Michigan

Interested in becoming a cruiser one day. I have a few more years of working so I started working on her now to convince her this is the life ...anyhow look forward to learning as much as I can about cruising...been lurking for awhile but finally decided to join. Dont have a sail boat but thinking about buying one this year, a starter boat, maybe 26 footer or so...one to get out on lake Michigan and learn the ropes so to say and something else to use to gently persuade the wife to want this type of retirement...hehehe...two years ago she use to tell me I was crazy for wanting to do this, now she say's, yeah maybe that would be fun so I'm almost there!
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Old 10-03-2012, 18:17   #2
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G'day, mate. Welcome aboard! That's how we started way back when on the Great Lakes. Be careful, you never know where the wind is "going to take you". Look up the Fulbrights at Sailplace in Cedar Springs if you're looking for a boat. They will be most helpful in getting you started. All the best. Cheers.
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Old 11-03-2012, 06:18   #3
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Thanks...I live near Cedar and forgot all about them!...
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Old 11-03-2012, 06:22   #4
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Welcome to CF and more importantly, welcome to an amazingly rewarding and addictive pastime.
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Old 11-03-2012, 12:20   #5
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Welcome aboard. Wife and I are in year 2 of a 5 year plan to cruise the Great Lakes during the summer and do something else in the winter. Boat purchase was one of our first moves. We bought our Catalina 320 through Sailplaces Waukegan, Ill office. Great guys to work with. Our boat is with Bay Breeze Yacht Charters in Traverse City and has worked out great while we get our land lives in order so we can move aboard. All the best
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Old 13-03-2012, 20:12   #6
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Welcome aboard! If you get to our side of the lakes I'll set you up with free dockage as you are traveling through. (Lake St. Clair) We've had quite a few from the Cruisers Forum stop by as they cruise the loop.
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Old 15-03-2012, 22:54   #7
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Sounds like a deal, we'll keep it in mind. Can't get ya free slip space in traverse city, but would buy you a drink if your ever in the area.
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Old 26-03-2012, 21:05   #8
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Re: Hello from Michigan

Aloha and welcome aboard!
Good to have you here and the forum.
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Old 27-03-2012, 08:10   #9
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Sounds like a deal, we'll keep it in mind. Can't get ya free slip space in traverse city, but would buy you a drink if your ever in the area.
Unchecked sailboats get rain water in their bilge when leaves cover the drain holes & the owners sometimes walk away. I give them to interested sailors who don't mind a little cleaning or some sanding. I also give smaller undamaged boats away if someone will rent a well to promote boating. Check out marinas in your area.
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