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Old 15-05-2010, 06:44   #1
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Just Bought a Boat - Wish Us Luck !

Good morning from the high desert of Western Colorado. We are in the final phases of bringing home our new to us boat, a 1980 Windrose 25. She seems to be in pretty good shape except for the 1980 decor. Needs some elbow grease as she's been sitting in a field of sagebrush for quite awhile. We have only sailed on other people's boats and look forward to learning on our very own. To start, I think we will take some lessons up at Dillon and maybe hire someone to show us on our own boat as well. Kinda put the cart before the horse, didn't we? We plan to trailer her to different lakes here in the Rockies and the southwest. This is a big first step in a long term plan of heading out on bigger waters on a bigger boat in 4-5 more years. Goodness, so much to learn, feels a bit overwhelming but so exciting as well.

Anyway, I've lurked for quite awhile and now I feel like I can actively participate in this forum.

Now if it would just stop snowing..
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Old 15-05-2010, 07:13   #2
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Hello from Gunnison

We sail a Catalina 22 on Blue Mesa. Let us know if you're ever in this area. Be careful with the wild winds on these mountain lakes!
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Old 15-05-2010, 09:38   #4
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Be careful with the wild winds on these mountain lakes!
So true... if the wind suddenly goes from 0 to 30 kts, be aware of the thunderhead thats about to appear.

Congratulations on your purchase. Dillon is a nice place to sail. I really like Lake Granby, the winds get real strong which is great on a Hobie. I've heard Lake Mcconaughy is also great, but its a drive -esp. from the wester slopes.

good to see someone else from Colorado.
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Congrats ! Exciting days for you ahead. Fair winds!
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Ahoy and Gidday SVWindchill , good on you for taking the plunge and buying a yacht ,first, My wife and i have done exactly the same thing here in Australia.(im sure these here seadogs roll there eyes but heck,weve started to put reality to our dreams),im sure you will enjoy the CF now that youve crossed over! See you out on the blue
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Old 23-05-2010, 21:16   #9
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Thanks for the welcome

We should take possession of our "new" boat sometime next week. The seller is on vacation. When he returns, he has offered to help us rig and sail for the first time. We have been looking at different mast raising systems via the internet and You tube. Ever watch some of those videos? There's some creative, as well as goofy, folks out there. Maybe I will post a video of our attempts! Hopefully we will fall into the former category. I'm sure I will have all sorts of questions once we get the boat out there and back. Look forward to posting more as time goes on.
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Oh, and Tonga and Stark: Thanks for the Colorado info and we hope to get down to Blue Mesa if not this summer, for sure next summer. We will be sure and look you up.
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Boatman, you are too clever. Thanks for the belly laugh.
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