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Old 31-12-2009, 05:17   #1
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Hi - We Are Almost Ready

Hello Kaye and I are almost ready to start cruising the Caribbean. We have been sailing the Great lakes for over 30 years both racing and cruising we purchased a Hood 38 new in 1986 and have lived aboard for 2 years early on (in Michigan I do not recommend it ) We have made extensive improvements to what started out as a great boat and over the next 2 years complete our cruising modifications. We are glad to have found this site and look forward to reading many contributions from the members and will occasional make a few of our own. To all we wish you a good 2010 with fine sailing conditions ample room at all anchorages and wonderful adventures.
Steve and Kaye Hicks
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Old 31-12-2009, 05:48   #2
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Stephen & Kaye.

After 2 Michigan winters aboard, you certainly deserve your upcoming Caribbean cruise!

We look forward to hearing all about your adventures (may they not be too adventurous).
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Old 31-12-2009, 07:35   #3
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Welcome to the forum Steve and Kaye
Thatís a nice first post...I really like having a face for the name.
Good luck with your preparations!
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Old 31-12-2009, 08:31   #4
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Thank you we look forward hearing from members
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Old 31-12-2009, 09:21   #5
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Here's a blog you may find interesting...

http://www.sailblogs.com/member/ishmael/

It's another Great Lakes couple that retired and began their cruising life this past July. I believe they're in Georgia now...
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Old 05-01-2010, 21:00   #6
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Hi Stephen & Kaye,
It's nice to hear from someone close by. Stop & say hi if you haven't left yet. I'm looking at cats that will be fun in the Lake St. Clair area and can also be fun in Florida for the winter. Good luck, Terry (Terry's Marina)
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Hello and congrats on the upcoming plans!!
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Welcome to the board. Hope all your planning pays off!
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Old 15-01-2010, 21:33   #9
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welcome to the board- we are 2 years away from the move to the USVI for a liveaboard life for a few years. Been doing a lot of reading on the crib, please pass on any info you have and how it goes. I also live in MI and spend a lot of time on the Great lakes. Glad you were able to hang in there 2 years on these lakes.
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That is a pretty seaworthy boat that can take you a number of places.
There is a member of our club that has the same boat who took his family across the Atlantic and back again a few years ago. You might be interested in their blog: Opening Day at Nyack Boat Club | SV Mabel Rose
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Old 17-01-2010, 15:40   #11
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Thank you Steve and Kaye

Hello and thank you for welcoming us and the link to the Hood 38 that posted there picture gallery. I attached a couple of photos of our boat. Steve & Kaye
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Old 17-01-2010, 15:48   #12
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I spent a great many years on Ontario and Superior. Only a short trip on Michigan, Erie, and Huron. Having grown up on the Great Lakes I can say they make sterner stuff. If you have paid dues on the Great Lakes for all this time you might enjoy warmer waters. Once you get past all the salt it's not that much different other than being warmer. Lessons learned don't let you down. Sp long as you don't forget all the things you've learned I would say you are ready.
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Old 30-01-2010, 20:52   #14
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Wink Thank you

Kaye and I want to visit the islands, my last visit was when you became a state but I was very young. Can you recommend a cruse or a package to the Islands
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