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Old 10-12-2007, 11:53   #1
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Howdy from NE Texas

I just found/joined the forum and have spent 2 days digging through some great discussions.

I have been drawn to the water & boats for as long as I can remember but have never let go enough to pursue it. We don't currently own a boat but will before long.

The wife and I look forward to the "empty nest" so we can cast off and travel like we want. Right now trying to get two teen-agers through high school and college have us tied to the mainland for another 7 1/2 years, I work for a private university so the college tuition waver is a huge bonus ($120K) that I just can't walk away from...

I look forward to the discussions and gleaning as much information as possible.
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Old 10-12-2007, 19:09   #2
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Welcome aboard! 7 1/2 years is a long time. I have met two couples now that teach all year and sail all summer. Get something big enough and take your kids with you ;-)
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I'm with Dan. We raised 4 children and have helped raise a number of grandchildren. Things got put on the back burner, as they do with most of us. Figure out a way to partially pursue that dream now, for none of us know what the future holds. Cruising would be a great education for your children, as well.
They may go kicking and screaming, but they'll look back on it with fond memories once they get out of their teens and regain some common sense! (if they're like most kids these days). We have a 17 year old granddaughter living with us now. She's busy helping us find the right boat and I hope she will join us on some of our voyages. I can't think of a better place to learn!

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Get something big enough and take your kids with you ;-)
Get something smaller and leave the kids at home!
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Old 11-12-2007, 06:13   #6
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Get something smaller and leave the kids at home!
That's the thought!

It is too bad that I can't take the summers off. I am the network administrator and our busiest time in IT is during the summer when we do upgrades and maintenance that can't be done while students are here.
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Believe me, I understand full schedules and responsibilities that force you to postpone gratification. Getting ready for a dream this big takes lots of preparation anyway. Since you are starting now, when you are able to leave, you will be prepared and ready to go. Congratulations on having the foresight to plan ahead!
Keep us up to date on how you are progressing.

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