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Old 25-07-2013, 00:28   #1
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Hello from Seattle

I've been living aboard a 42' Navigator on Lake Union in Seattle since October -- my first real boat (why start small?). I take it out pretty regularly, so don't feel like a total newbie anymore, although most of the time have stayed on the lakes vs. out in the Puget Sound. First big trip to the San Juans planned for late August. I've gotten a lot of good info from reading various parts of the forums, so finally decided to make an account and start posting as well.
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Old 25-07-2013, 01:34   #2
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Old 25-07-2013, 01:38   #3
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Welcome to the community from those of US in the opposite corner!
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, GatorDontPlay.
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Old 25-07-2013, 06:27   #5
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Welcome aboard! Love the PNW...hope to get back there sometime.
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Welcome to CF, I have a lot of questions about living aboard in the area. Wife and I are making preparations to move to the west coast. I am trying to convince her that Seattle area would be great, he is leaning more toward SF. Anyway Welcome
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Welcome aboard Gator! My boat's also on Lake Union, although it's only 26' (yes, I started small).

You've probably noticed the clusterf$#& of sailboats on the lake during Tuesday evening races? One of them is me. I'll try not to hit your Navigator when rounding the marks!
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welcome! Have fun, and get through those locks and do some real sailing/cruising!
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Welcome to CF, I have a lot of questions about living aboard in the area. Wife and I are making preparations to move to the west coast. I am trying to convince her that Seattle area would be great, he is leaning more toward SF. Anyway Welcome
The Left coast seems a little tough... Seattle/ BC have all the great cruising grounds and misty cold grey rain 8 months a year. SF foggy, cold often too, but more sun and where do you go? Up the Delta maybe... Portland ... all you get is the big river or the ocean... for good cruising I guess you have to put up with the Seattle/BC weather.... but you'll seldom be in your shorts like you will in the Carolinas/Chesapeake....
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
You've got a great place to do some cruising.
Good to have you posting here.
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Re: Hello from Seattle

Welcome GDP! There are quite a few folks here from the Seattle area.

I lived aboard on Lake Union for a while and had tons of fun. I could sail (lots of tacking) and also walk all around town. That's really cool you have a 42 footer. The funny thing is, out there my boat (IP 32) was the smallest boat in the marina. Here (Flathead Lake in Montana) it is one of the biggest. I hope you have a delightful trip to the San Juans in August.
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Old 25-07-2013, 14:12   #12
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Nothing wrong with small! I just get a lot of raised eyebrows when I tell people this is my first boat (not counting the canoe I owned ten years ago) Insurance company made me do 40h of training with a licensed captain before being covered to go solo -- which was tremendously useful in getting up to speed on all sorts of things (even beyond the piloting/navigation/safety requirements).

Yup, I've seen the duck dodge many times -- have another friend who participates from time to time. Have sailed with him but not joined him for that (yet).

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Welcome aboard Gator! My boat's also on Lake Union, although it's only 26' (yes, I started small).

You've probably noticed the clusterf$#& of sailboats on the lake during Tuesday evening races? One of them is me. I'll try not to hit your Navigator when rounding the marks!
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I would agree that Seattle/BC would be nicer cruising grounds than SF (used to live down there too, though not as a liveaboard). It does rain a lot (especially in the mornings), but a lot of afternoons turn pretty (even in the winter), and the summers are unbeatable. The winters are still pretty temperate in general -- I survived my first quite well (although I did run the diesel furnance frequently over the 2 or 3 coldest months -- thinking of a shore power upgrade and at least one more electric panel heater before next winter).

The other big difference between SF and Seattle is access to the outdoors (not just for boating) is much better up here. SF, skiing is a 4h drive in traffic to Tahoe; Seattle is a 45 minute drive after work to Crystal. Olympics, islands, Lake Union and Lake Washington are all right there.

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Welcome to CF from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. I hope You spenda nice time with us.
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