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Old 02-08-2011, 11:05   #1
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I'm Proud to Be a Boat Person

I have lived aboard for more than 30 years and have seen a lot of changes over the years. I have been anchored for more than 20 of those years. I met my wife online and she moved from Ontario to liveaboard in bc. She had never been on a boat. We were at a marina when she first moved here but shortly after our neighbor was running his engine through the night and passed us with carbon monoxide. At the time I didn't trust my alarm and pulled the batteries. We were lucky we woke up in the am. We decided it would be a good idea to anchor as I had more than 10 years under my belt at anchor.My wife fell in love with life at anchor and we have been anchored since. Every time a fire happens at a marina (8 in 9 years with an average of 5 boats destroyed in each fire) it reinforces the fact we are safer relying on our own vigilance rather than our neighbors. We almost lost our lives 2 winters ago when we dragged our 2 anchors during a hurricane and would have hit a rock breakwater if a neighbor hadn't got a line to us and some pilings. That was the second time in my life I have had to call for help from the coast guard. The cutter lost its radar antennae coming to rescue us in 60 knot winds with gusts. This happened at 3 am in January. My wife said anchor in the same spot, in open water so we could get the most wind from our wind generator. We dropped a mooring and in April we spent 8 hours in 80 knots with gusts. Very unrestful but we didn't move. We love our lifestyle and will not give it up by moving to land or a marina.
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Old 02-08-2011, 11:39   #2
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Troubador.
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Old 02-08-2011, 17:40   #3
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
Very self sufficient. Well done.
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Sounds like you could tell some good stories of your experience.

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Welcome and I love your stories!! Glad to hear that all worked out and you are here with us! cheers
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