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Old 07-02-2008, 09:40   #1
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Hello to all

Hello to all:

My dream is to buy a boat and live and cruise the Caribbean.

I am now caring for my 91 year old father near San diego and when he passes on or has to go to a nursing home I will begin to live my dream.

I hope to buy a boat here and learn to sail and after selling two homes (one here and my other one in Las Vegas) sail through the canal and to
the Caribbean. That ought to be fun! My last time on a boat was about
1972 - a air/sea rescue boat on Ascension Island set up for sport fishing
on the weekends. Caught lots of 100 lb + wahoos.

I have learned a lot just reading posts allready and know I will have a lot
of dumb questions to ask all you experienced sailors.

Dan DiTucci dand2c@sbcglobal.net
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Old 07-02-2008, 09:47   #2
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Dan,

Sounds like a plan to start planning to me. It does take a lot of planning so getting started now makes perfect sense.
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Old 07-02-2008, 11:24   #3
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Aloha Dan,
Welcome aboard! Your plans sound wonderful. Got any ideas about what kind of boat you want? There seem to be quite a few for sale in your area. I'm a former Chula Vista resident.
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Hi, Dan.

Welcome to the forum. Cruising the Caribbean is a great goal! Planning is half the fun, they say. Well, not really, but maybe 10% of the fun. Cruising is fun!

And you can catch wahoo from your sailboat here, if it's fast enough. Mine isn't, I just catch dolphin fish.

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I have to agree with Hud

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Cruising the Caribbean is a great goal! Planning is half the fun, they say. Well, not really, but maybe 10% of the fun. Cruising is fun!

With a slight caviot.

Until you get on the boat and go. Planning can be 3/4 of the fun. After all would you rather be sitting at the computer Internetting(word?) and planninga atrip or working. At that time planning is 75% of the fun. Then when you get down to the boat and you cast off the lines and get ready to go it drops back to 10%.
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Welcome. If you want to get started now, Convair Sailing Club is down in SD and offers good sailing instruction. My friend's Dad is an instructor there and I'm sure he and the rest will be happy to get you started. It's quite reasonable, too. I went with Aventura in Dana Point because it's closer to home and has a good fleet of 30-43 footers. I believe the boats in Convair's fleet are smaller, but great to learn on.
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