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Old 09-05-2016, 17:18   #1
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Hello, I'm a married mom of 10, with my oldest leaving the nest and the rest will follow every year or 2 after. Living on a boat and traveling the Americas has always been my husband's dream. Given the state of things lately, chasing the horizon doesn't seem like a terrible way to spend our days. We wouldn't mind taking a few kids with us, but we can't afford the Titanic, so will have to wait until more than half have left the nest. We have lived in a motorhome before, and traveled the country for a few years. We eventually ran out of places to see. We have owned a tiny wooden sailboat before, but it barely fit two people. I'm pretty confident that if we spend this time learning how to sail, manage and maintain a boat, and how about learn to swim, we may be able to afford a boat by the time we're ready to go. I'm on here to read about y'all and your experiences to learn as much as I can. Thanks!

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Old 09-05-2016, 17:20   #2
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Welcome, nice screen name.

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Old 09-05-2016, 17:25   #3
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Welcome aboard. Sounds like you've got a good start with boat life via the RV experience. Swimming is good. Learning how to stay on the boat is even better.

There is joy, adventure, and things to explore everywhere. Don't have to go far and wide ... but that is good too. Have fun.
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Old 09-05-2016, 17:52   #4
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Welcome and what an interesting first post. I think living in an RV and the cruising lifestyle have many similar elements. Minimalism and adventure for sure. I think boats have a lot more maintenance though. This forum has a lot of knowledge so be sure to pick everyone's brains.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Withthewind.
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Old 10-05-2016, 05:55   #6
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Welcome to CF Withthewind!

I'd be happy to edit your post for you... where you said... T-t-t-ttttt-en children...

Sounds like you guys have the basic foundation laid to fulfill your plans...

Looking forward to more of your posts!
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Lol- Thanks, all! Yes, when we decided to tour in the RV (actually a converted greyhound bus), it was to see if we could manage on a boat. I think we did pretty well. We only stopped because the teens needed roots somewhere to start out on their own, and just dropping them off in random towns across the country didn't seem very ideal. It's looking like Virginia will be the landing pad for the kids, so let me know if anyone has any marinas or other sailing points of interest in Virginia we should check out. . We are going on a charter fishing trip from VA Beach in June, so we're looking forward to that.
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With ten kids,, sounds like you need to get out of the motor home a bit more often..

Welcome and never give up, great way to have fun and see the world, the kids will love it, and you guys can do it


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