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Old 17-03-2013, 01:59   #1
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Hello from Wilmington, NC!

My husband and I hope to live aboard while cruising in about 5 years with our 2 children who will be 8 and 6. This site seems to be just the thing I've been looking for in a "go-to" resource for planning. We're starting from scratch so we welcome any and all advice!
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Old 17-03-2013, 05:41   #2
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Planning Party.
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Old 17-03-2013, 06:34   #3
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Old 17-03-2013, 07:06   #4
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Re: Hello from Wilmington, NC!

Welcome to cf, great username btw.
Read some of this when you get some time.
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I lived in Wrightsville Beach for one year a couple years ago while I was looking for another boat. I found a 26 footer on Bradley Creek and left a couple months later and sailed back to Key West.
I have been living aboard full time for the better part of 10 years, my passion for it grows constantly, I'm obsessed.
Everyday, and I mean everyday, my boat and my lifestyle literally puts smiles on my face.
And my dog, and my wife and the Cranberries playing on the radio right now while I'm on my setee at anchor.

Good for you.
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Old 17-03-2013, 07:18   #5
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Re: Hello from Wilmington, NC!

Hi welcome to the forum. I have been living aboard in Wilmington for the past 4 years. hoping to head out cruising in a couple more. Drop me a PM if you would like to talk more maybe you and your husband would like to stop by and talk boats sometime. Do you have a boat yet?
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Old 17-03-2013, 08:41   #6
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Re: Hello from Wilmington, NC!

Welcome aboard! By the time you will be ready to buy your dream live-aboard used boat, you should have saved around $50K USD; the more the better. In the meantime, sharpen your skills in sailing and in navigation by taking ASA approved classes/hands-on sailing. After that, consider visiting several boat shows such as the ones in Annapolis' and in Miami's, and go for "test sailing". Consider being a part of a sailing crew on weekends, to gain various experiences. Once you have gained some boating fundamentals, try a few charters on different make/size of boats...preferably in the USVI/BVI warm waters (around April-June period). Do not rush into purchasing anything, as the boating market is fluidic. Old Salts, on here, will gladly answer any questions you might have. Good luck! Mauritz
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Welcome Planning party, good to have you here!
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Old 17-03-2013, 10:18   #8
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Welcome!!!!! I'm just across the state from you.
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Welcome aboard! Sounds like a great plan.
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
It's good to have you here on the forum.
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