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Old 21-10-2015, 00:47   #1
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Hello from Wales

Hi All,

I have always loved the water (almost made it to the Olympics as a competitive swimmer), and generally prefer to be in it than on it.

This applies to boats too (have built a couple of small ones that even floated rather than sank), after a fair bit of sailing over the years in the Irish Sea - though with a recent long gap - the slamming into vertical faced waves there, has me being a fan of long keels and smooth motion, rather than bouncing around on the surface like a beach ball.

After being dealt an annoying hand by fate and people that can loosely be described as 'doctors', I am now in the situation where getting something to live aboard, converted as much as possible for disabled sailing, and "Heading South until the butter melts", has become a necessary course of action, to acquire dry heat and a salty atmosphere (they do me good), that's mobile enough to follow the Sun. I am in no rush, and have always enjoyed the journey more than the arrival.

So I'll be looking to pick some brains for ideas and solutions, and, with a now long life with experience in many fields, my brain is available to be picked too.

Hopefully I can give more than I get as time goes by.

Fair winds, fun seas, and starry nights, to us all.

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Old 21-10-2015, 01:41   #2
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Welcome aboard CF.

"Till the butter melts" sound good.

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Old 22-11-2015, 09:32   #3
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Re: Hello from Wales

Hello Ribbit. I just read an insightful, self-deprecating and somber post of yours advising another about any-damn-boat to sail to Chile, and noticed that you are new here so a welcome to CF was in order. Hope you find the boat you are looking for and will soon be enjoying warmer waters
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Old 23-11-2015, 10:51   #4
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I'm from carrickfergus Northern Ireland so I know the conditions of the Irish Sea and north channel my bilge keel takes some rough weather

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Old 23-11-2015, 12:48   #5
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Re: Hello from Wales

Hi, Ribbit,

converted as much as possible for disabled sailing, and "Heading South until the butter melts",
That sounds fairly dire, what do you actually mean about converted for disabled sailing?
We have a friend who completed a circumnavigation on hips that were totally worn out, he was "too young" for hip replacement surgery. The boat was a 35 ft. Halbery-Rassey. He sailed her singlehanded, and slowly, well less than her capabilities, but to be easy on legs that didn't work all that well.

If your disability has to do with copd--there's a thread running now about that, and CF'er "bensolomon" is a copd specialist doc who is generous with advice.

In any event, good luck with it all.

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