Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 05-06-2008, 18:28   #1
Den
Registered User

Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Canada
Boat: Dreaming of one day owning a 25-30 footer.....
Posts: 50
Hi from Canada.

Well, it says to say hello since I'm new so I shall.

I probably won't post much as I don't actually own a boat. hopefully one day but at the moment I'm trying to work on this Congestive Heart Failure thing I got stuck with recently. HAHA.

I am 44 (well 45 tomorrow...) and have 3 wee daughters, Emily 8, Madeleine 7, and Olivia Rose 5.

I dream of once day moving to Tasmania Australia and getting a small boat and who knows? It COULD happen.

Anyways, I've always been a "carguy" and also loved mostly powerboats. Thought I'd get a trawler if i ever came "into money" but as I have been more and more getting into alternative energy, etc, I have re-assessed my prioritys and well. Sails now appeal to me. Who'da thought?

I mainly joined to learn as i have nothing really to "add" but hopefully no one will mind if I tag along and dream as I read your storys and information and hopefully get some of it to be retained in my brain.

I've done a quick "looksee" here and like what I see so far and the community feeling here is very enticing.

Thanks for having me aboard.
__________________

__________________
Den.

"Life's a gas."-The Ramones.
Den is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2008, 19:07   #2
Moderator Emeritus
 
Pblais's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Hayes, VA
Boat: Gozzard 36
Posts: 8,700
Images: 15
Send a message via Skype™ to Pblais
Den,

Welcome aboard!

Everyone here sails a little different in a different place. We all do it on our own terms. Perhaps you'll find yours too. It is possible. Be a little careful with the geography. Those folks from Tasmania don't consider themselves part of Australia. Given we have a few as members perhaps they could lend you some tips on getting there soon. Can't hurt to have some friends if you get there. It's one of the amazing things about this place. We have people from just everywhere.
__________________

__________________
Paul Blais
s/v Bright Eyes Gozzard 36
37 15.7 N 76 28.9 W
Pblais is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2008, 19:12   #3
Provocateur & Raconteur
 
knottybuoyz's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Iroquois, Ontario
Boat: Bateau.com TW31 Modified
Posts: 3,583
Images: 87
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pblais View Post
Everyone here sails a little different in a different place.
I don't got no stinkin' sails!

Welcome aboard Den from a fellow Cannuck! Plenty of experience in both power and sail here! What happened with the heart? My wife had a heart attack back in Feb. Two yrs ago it was me with angina. Maybe it's all the maple syrup and back bacon we consume eh?

Jump right in and ask away.
__________________
Yours Aye! Rick
~^~^~^^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~~^~^~~^~^~^^~~^~^
"It's not the boat "you built" until you've sworn at it, bled on it, sweated over it, cried beside it and then threatened to haul the POS outside and burn it!"
knottybuoyz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2008, 19:17   #4
Senior Cruiser
 
DeepFrz's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Winnipeg
Boat: None at this time
Posts: 7,930
Welcome Den. Enjoy the ride.
__________________
The Blue Dot Campaign. This Changes Everything.
DeepFrz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2008, 22:23   #5
Den
Registered User

Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Canada
Boat: Dreaming of one day owning a 25-30 footer.....
Posts: 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by knottybuoyz View Post
Plenty of experience in both power and sail here! What happened with the heart?
Strangely enough, even though my family has a history of heart problems, the dr's said in my case it was a Virus! Probably during a simple cold.

How is your wife doing now? Fine I hope.

And to all. Thank you for the warm welcome.

We have friends actually in Hobart who offered to sponsor us but I'm not sure now the heart thing might kill the whole thing. Plus Visas are no longer available at age 45 and as of 20 minutes ago, I'm 45! HAHAHAHAAA.

I do like the climate there as I hate the summers here (Toronto) and prefer cold weather but due to the heart can no longer "take" the cold. Catch 22 eh?

I also have a couple Australians as members on my auto forum and am myself a member of the AUS Chrysler and Ford sites along with a few others.

TAS seems perfect climatewise and I like the idea of not having to store a boat in winter. That'd make up more than enough for missing my beloved snow.

If not, we will just move to Northern Ontario along Lake superior and even if it's a timy one, I can still get a boat! Never give up. Right?
__________________
Den.

"Life's a gas."-The Ramones.
Den is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2008, 22:56   #6
Registered User

Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Kelowna , British Columbia
Boat: Corbin 39 Pilot House
Posts: 214
Den! I lived in Toronto long time ago , too bloody cold, too bloody big ,moved to British Columbia fourteen years ago and never looked back.
It started from a dream ,than I took a dinghy course ,than a day skipper course ,bought an offshore boat last year and we are going cruising . Canoeing in Algonquin park in the summer was great.
Stop dreaming ,do something with it.
Regards , Henryk
__________________
henryk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2008, 03:40   #7
Moderator Emeritus
 
GordMay's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario - 48-29N x 89-20W
Boat: (Cruiser Living On Dirt)
Posts: 31,573
Images: 240
Happy Birthday and welcome aboard, Den.
__________________
Gord May
"If you didn't have the time or money to do it right in the first place, when will you get the time/$ to fix it?"



GordMay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2008, 09:41   #8
Den
Registered User

Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Canada
Boat: Dreaming of one day owning a 25-30 footer.....
Posts: 50
Oh man. Gord's in Thunder Bay. Now we're talking. LOL. (so far we been looking at Thessalon but know very little about the area other than I've spent time in Sault Ste Marie and Bruce Mines as a kid.)
__________________
Den.

"Life's a gas."-The Ramones.
Den is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2008, 12:17   #9
Senior Cruiser
 
SkiprJohn's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: May 2006
Location: Kea'au, Big Island, Hawaii
Boat: Cascade, Sloop, 42 - "Casual"
Posts: 14,192
Aloha Den,
Welcome aboard! The best sailor I have been proud to know comes from Tasmania. Now he is in GB.
Good to have you on the forum. Try "Start Sailing Right!" for a good primer on sails and sailing.
kind regards,
JohnL
__________________
SkiprJohn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2008, 13:14   #10
Den
Registered User

Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Canada
Boat: Dreaming of one day owning a 25-30 footer.....
Posts: 50
Thanks John. I will.

I always planned before I ever "left port" (Does that translate to "Left left"?) even if I DID eventually get a small boat to take some type of course and also to at LEAST enroll our daughters in "Waterbabys" or similiar to learn to swim.

My wife has no interest in it as she's afraid of "deep water". And I would just be happy to find something to fix up. I'm not fussy and I don't care who it impresses. LOL. I'm more concerned with a solid base and seaworthiness. The 'extras' can come later.
__________________
Den.

"Life's a gas."-The Ramones.
Den is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2008, 13:21   #11
Moderator Emeritus
 
GordMay's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario - 48-29N x 89-20W
Boat: (Cruiser Living On Dirt)
Posts: 31,573
Images: 240
Thessalon is on the wrong lake (Huron, not Superior) - actually, the North Chanel is a wonderful cruising locale.
Iím also a escapee from TO (left in Ď72). I couldnít take the afternoon drive home from work, nor the weekend drive to Algonquin or Georgian Bay.
__________________
Gord May
"If you didn't have the time or money to do it right in the first place, when will you get the time/$ to fix it?"



GordMay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2008, 17:18   #12
Den
Registered User

Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Canada
Boat: Dreaming of one day owning a 25-30 footer.....
Posts: 50
Oops. HAHA. Thanks. See, I said I have a lot to learn!
__________________
Den.

"Life's a gas."-The Ramones.
Den is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2008, 01:02   #13
Den
Registered User

Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Canada
Boat: Dreaming of one day owning a 25-30 footer.....
Posts: 50
So, I been looking at the MLS for Thunder Bay. Might be pretty tempting. Also found a few places in red Rock and one perfect place in Nipigon.

We basically want an area where I can at least work part time/odd jobs depending on my heart's healing. And I've also been narrowing what I want in a boat. I WAS thinking about 30 feet but now am thinking mid 20s. Something that comes with a trailer as I guess we'd need to pull it in winter!

I also don't plan to take it out until I learn to actually sail!
__________________
Den.

"Life's a gas."-The Ramones.
Den is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2008, 03:20   #14
Moderator Emeritus
 
GordMay's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario - 48-29N x 89-20W
Boat: (Cruiser Living On Dirt)
Posts: 31,573
Images: 240
Quote:
Originally Posted by Den View Post
So, I been looking at the MLS for Thunder Bay. Might be pretty tempting. Also found a few places in red Rock and one perfect place in Nipigon.
We basically want an area where I can at least work part time/odd jobs depending on my heart's healing. And I've also been narrowing what I want in a boat. I WAS thinking about 30 feet but now am thinking mid 20s. Something that comes with a trailer as I guess we'd need to pull it in winter!
I also don't plan to take it out until I learn to actually sail!
Expect youíll have to work in Thunder Bay (job availability), but could commute from Red Rock or Nipigon).
Nip-Rock (Nipigon & Red Rock) are a little over an hourís drive (110 Km - 65 mi.) from Thunder Bay.
Both have fine Marinas, as does Thunder Bay.
Red Rock is 74NM & Nipigon 78 NM From T. Bay, by water. To the East lies the village of Rossport (30 or 34 NM).
Nipigon is the Most Northerly Fresh Water Port In North America, and the only fresh water port North Of the 49th Parallel.

Township of Nipigon - Nipigon Marina
Red Rock Marina, Nipigon Bay, Lake Superior, Northwestern Ontario
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Nipigon49.jpg
Views:	127
Size:	75.2 KB
ID:	3823  
__________________
Gord May
"If you didn't have the time or money to do it right in the first place, when will you get the time/$ to fix it?"



GordMay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2008, 05:10   #15
Registered User

Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Central Coast-NSW-Australia
Boat: 13 mtr Adams steel cruiser-"Lady Eileen".)
Posts: 85
Hi Den,

A warm Aussie welcome to you and hope you continue to heal all the way back to good health.Keep that sensational ( wicked !!! ) sense of humour you threw at me the first time up and you can't go wrong.

Meet me in TASSIE one day ??

We'll hunt for Newfie's !!

HAPPY BITHDAY !!!

Regards
John.
__________________

__________________
john connell is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
Canada

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New Sailors in Canada blue noser Meets & Greets 7 01-06-2008 08:59
Hi to All from Ontario, Canada breakaway Meets & Greets 6 08-10-2007 12:31
Argh! Canada Licenses Amgine Training, Licensing & Certification 8 06-06-2007 15:41
Canada to US to Canada Charlie Pacific & South China Sea 3 20-09-2006 10:03



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 18:38.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.