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Old 06-12-2010, 11:49   #16
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You can check our my wife's blog (linked below). She's done a lot of writing about how to live on the water, including some of her un-tempered irritations at the whole thing.
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Old 06-12-2010, 12:40   #17
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Velma, if you are in Alberta, save yourself a lot of grief and buy a boat on the East Coast of either Canada or the US and go from there. Why learn the canal on your first outing? And, if in Canada, remeber what is attractive in NS, enclosed cockpits and dark hulls, are a bear in the CAribbean.
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Old 06-12-2010, 13:43   #18
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Like above, a lot more fin starting on the east coast and then cruise the Caribbean. Then if going around the world, you'll be going with the trade winds.

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Your husband is the lowly Captain,

YOU ARE THE ADMIRAL..

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Old 06-12-2010, 14:15   #19
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Velma, your sister may be right you have lost "it" and what a great time you'll have going to find "it". welcome to cf, great people here!
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Actually we are from the mid west, Alberta to be exact. My husband grew up on the prairies but has aspired to the ocean. I’m actually taking a basic cruising course in the west coast this spring and right now I am doing a coastal navigation course. My husband has me learning all the rigging terminology as well. He has given me homework to last a month…lol

I've been sharing our plans with family (non-ocean goers) and mostly they have been encouraging. The only negativity I've received is from my younger sister who thinks I've finally lost it....well she could be right but she could be wrong...right?
Nope, you haven't lost it. It's a great plan. Your sister will be begging you to take her with you pretty soon. You only live once. Go for it!!
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Welcome Velma,

I second the suggestion that you take sailing lessons. They will make all the difference.

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Old 06-12-2010, 15:43   #22
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Velma, if you are in Alberta, save yourself a lot of grief and buy a boat on the East Coast of either Canada or the US and go from there. Why learn the canal on your first outing? And, if in Canada, remeber what is attractive in NS, enclosed cockpits and dark hulls, are a bear in the CAribbean.
Even in cooler-climes, white hulls appear to be the favorite as this picture taken in Ketchikan AK demonstrates.

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Old 06-12-2010, 18:57   #23
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That was probably my wife's first thought. She is from the Phils, and after arriving in the USA she had 2 day sails on S.F. Bay. 5 months later we were in St. Maarten boarding my cat.

She thought it would be a lonely life with us, the boat, and ocean. To her surprise she has had a wonderful life of meeting new friends from all over the world. Experiencing new cultures, wonderful sunsets, a few storms, and the list goes on. I believe her social life has been enhanced.

Her friends at home are so happy for her, and follow along with everything we do, and place we go. I believe you will find he is taking you somewhere to allow your senses to grow. I hope you embrace the oppurtunity.........i2f

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I am definitly going for sure, we've made that decision and really I'm looking forward to making new friends and enjoying life away from the city. I certainly will enjoy the opportunity!

Thanks for the encouragement it is appreciated very much!
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Sask. residents here who just bought one of those other kind - the ones that don't need the wind. Its all new to us too but we intend to move onboard as soon as possible. We've been living in a converted bus for close to 4 years now so our family and friends already knew we were nuts. We've got a berth leased in Sidney - we just need to muster up enough nerve to move our new home from Seattle across to Sidney.
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Velma,

I recommend learning to sail before you buy the boat. It gives you a whole new perspective.

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My wife was a bit uncertain when I suggested we cruise the eastern Caribbean for a season, so we chartered a boat of the same make and size out of St Thomas for two weeks in February, 2004. When the charter was over, she didn't want to go home. She ended up absolutely loving the two years we cruised down here.

Why not fly down for a charter and see how you like it?
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I did the charter thing and as with your wife I absolutly loved it. Did have a wee bit of an issue with sea legs but it didn't last long. We did the catamaran and it was fun for a group of people but I also tried a monohaul and instanly fell in love. I think we will be walking the docks pretty soon to get an idea what we want. I know my husband loves to sail so it would need to be something that sailed nicely, he said "I don't want a barge" so that says it. Knowing my husband we will be sailing most of the time and not motoring..."the whole idea is to sail".

I love how much that can be gained in this site, what a great place to get information!

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Velma, the Toronto Boat Show is coming up- that is a good place to start.
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BARGE???????

Oh my there's so much to learn! Not all cats are made to be condos, typical charter cat. Some are actually sailors. Beware there are mono barges also. BEST WISHES iin fiindiing a good sailing boat. Just because the rail is down doesn't mean you are going anywhere quickly........i2f
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