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Old 23-08-2012, 07:15   #1
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Hi all, just wanted to make a quick introduction. I've been perusing the site for a couple months now, after falling in love with the idea of living aboard a sailboat with my wife and cruising wherever we want when I retire in four years. We'll still be young enough [43] to have plenty of cruising years left after retirement.

We're in Texas, so most likely initially be 'home based' at the Gulf coast somewhere.

Neither of us have any sailing experience, but I figure I've got four years to learn! :-) Looking forward to reading, learning and meeting people on here.

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Old 23-08-2012, 08:56   #2
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Hi all, just wanted to make a quick introduction. I've been perusing the site for a couple months now, after falling in love with the idea of living aboard a sailboat with my wife and cruising wherever we want when I retire in four years. We'll still be young enough [43] to have plenty of cruising years left after retirement.

We're in Texas, so most likely initially be 'home based' at the Gulf coast somewhere.

Neither of us have any sailing experience, but I figure I've got four years to learn! :-) Looking forward to reading, learning and meeting people on here.

Mike
Mike, I'm in the same boat, excuse the pun!


Husband is currently Active Duty Coast Guard and he's got 11 years until retirement. I don't want to wait that long though, so we're starting our dream a few steps back and buying a 22' pocket cruiser to learn on and enjoy with the kids. Depending on your budget and if you're waterside, consider going that route. It's affordable and a great place to start to get your toes wet.

Stick with me, perhaps we can feed each other information as we learn and grow!

Cheers and welcome,

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Old 23-08-2012, 09:10   #3
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Welcome aboard, Mike! Go for it...you'll have a great time (I started cruising when I was 43 as well! Coincidence...or just smart planning?)
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Hi all, just wanted to make a quick introduction. I've been perusing the site for a couple months now, after falling in love with the idea of living aboard a sailboat with my wife and cruising wherever we want when I retire in four years. We'll still be young enough [43] to have plenty of cruising years left after retirement.

We're in Texas, so most likely initially be 'home based' at the Gulf coast somewhere.

Neither of us have any sailing experience, but I figure I've got four years to learn! :-) Looking forward to reading, learning and meeting people on here.

Mike


Hello and welcome Mike, I'm so happy to see that there are so many people out there with this idea of living aboard.
When my husband first told me about that this is what he wanted to do I thought it was crazy as we have no sailing experience, so I started to look in to it and also fell in love with this idea. So now instead of buying a house we want a Sailboat.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Mike.
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Mike, I'm in the same boat, excuse the pun!

Husband is currently Active Duty Coast Guard and he's got 11 years until retirement. I don't want to wait that long though, so we're starting our dream a few steps back and buying a 22' pocket cruiser to learn on and enjoy with the kids. Depending on your budget and if you're waterside, consider going that route. It's affordable and a great place to start to get your toes wet.

Stick with me, perhaps we can feed each other information as we learn and grow!

Cheers and welcome,

~Danielle
That sounds like a great idea. We're not real close to the water. I might, however, consider getting a much smaller boat at a nearby lake to learn on. Not a bad idea!
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Craigslist all the way! Sell in the spring, buy in the fall.
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Welcome aboard Mike,
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Welcome aboard, Mike!
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Thanks everyone for the warm welcomes! Look forward to getting to know everyone better.

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Really impressive idea about living abroad. Keep enjoying.
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yes, Craigslist is the best for all sell and buying, there are many categories available on it, where we can buy or sell product or services. i m planning to sell my yacht shipping, boat transportation services on it.

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I wouldn't even think to look there. Will you also be using Uship?



As for the original question, I would also recommend that you find something small and cheap that you will use on a regular basis. We got a pocket cruiser, so we spend the weekend on the boat, on average probably two weekends a month. I will say, spend some time thinking about ow you will actually use it. With the trailer sailor, It takes us just over an hour to set up and take down, but that includes loading up the water, porta potty and installing the battery...if you camp, you understand. If you are using your boat for day sailing, you don't need to pack as much, so set up would be quicker; if you want to do entire weekends like us, you probably want to consider having a slip, especially if you have to keep an eye on kids while lifting a 60 lb pole over your head.
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