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Old 04-04-2007, 06:31   #1
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Thumbs up It's Been a Long Ten Years!

New to this forum, not so new to sailing. We purchased Esconditas, a Bristol 43.3, back in 1996, and have been planning our escape since. After 9 years of living aboard, and learning about our boat, and doing some part time cruising, we are ready to depart and live on the hook for the next few years. It’s been a long 10 years, we have learned a lot, spent a lot of money, but it is now time to go.

The departure date is tentative, some time from July to October of 07. As we all know, you only get into trouble when you are following a schedule. Starting out from the Texas Coast, the hurricane season is going to effect when we get out of here. And after all, we still have a few “projects” to finish.

Energy use is still top on the list, with the cost of fuel we have got to get control of our energy usage. My wife and I love our toys, but toys cost much more than their original purchase price. To that end, I have started a quest to find the best in LED lighting. The thought of lighting the boat for a few amps is very intriguing. This list and others have very interesting threads about lighting with LEDs.

WiFi is the other project underway. Ah, the search for the perfect long range AP. Directional antennas, 400 mw APs, POE, and that 3 Watt amp (doubles as a microwave oven), answers that can be found here and on other lists

It is said that every journey starts with the first step, we are past that, walking fast, but not running yet….

To this list, Be well, Have fun, and DDAS, gig em Aggies


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Old 04-04-2007, 13:14   #2
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Where are you intending to head off to?
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Old 04-04-2007, 15:00   #3
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East Coast (any where BUT New Jersey) during the summer, Bahama and points south in the winter.
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Old 17-05-2009, 15:20   #4
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We are looking at this boat for our retirement/live aboard and will be cruising the Bahamas and points beyond. I would love to hear how your boat is doing, tips for someone considering the 43.3, etc.

Anything you can pass along would be greatly appreciated!

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Capt Phil, this post is from 2007...He's probably still out there.
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Yea, I saw that, but I figured it is always worth a try.

You never know . . .
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Old 17-05-2009, 18:49   #7
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We are looking at this boat for our retirement/live aboard and will be cruising the Bahamas and points beyond. I would love to hear how your boat is doing, tips for someone considering the 43.3, etc.

Anything you can pass along would be greatly appreciated!

Phil
CF member Esconditas has not been active here since last October, Captain Phil. However, it couldn't hurt to send Esconditas a Private Message through CF - it will show up in his email inbox if he has elected that option.

The Coast Guard Vessel Documentation database shows only one vessel with the name Esconditas, and it is an '88 Bristol 41.1. Other than mailing a letter to the owner's Corpus Christi address, I think a PM here is your best shot at contacting him.

You might consider starting a new thread indicating your interest in the Bristol range of yachts, Captain Phil. You never know - a lot of people read CF and there will undoubtedly be a few with experience with that range of vessels.

Good luck.

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Old 18-05-2009, 08:34   #8
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Sorry about not posting for so long.... we are out cruising... Captain Phil, there are only two 43.3s on the market now and only 23 made, so good luck. Send me a private note and I will call you.
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MySpace.com - Jim & Cindy on S/V Esconditas - 60 - Male - CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - www.myspace.com/367338748
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Yea, I saw that, but I figured it is always worth a try.

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