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Old 29-08-2006, 12:24   #1
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New-be/Wanna-be from Central Florida

Where to start? How bout, HELLO! to all you sailing enthusiasts out there. I've been a single dad raising two beautiful girls for the last 12 years. One is now in college and the other one is currently in 11th grade. My plans are to become a live-a-board shortly after the last one is out the door. I was thinking of just selling everything and moving aboard, learning the ropes, and then taking out to the open waters. I've been thinking about this for many years now and have done some reading and a lot of surfing the net. I monitor almost every day. Some would say that I was dreaming and others very positive. I'm joining this forum as a way of learning, sharing ideas, meeting new people, and helping my dream on to reality. Anyone wanting to strike up conversation is welcome. I'm just starting here so cut me some slack at first. Looking forward to really getting involved in this new endeavor.

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Old 29-08-2006, 12:56   #2
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Mate... single Dad, raised two girls... trust me on this, sailing is going to be easy for you! You've earned it, you can do it and don't let those of limited vision talk you out of giving it a go.

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Old 29-08-2006, 15:22   #3
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Welcome aboard, and good luck with your dream. No reason why it cannot be done. Take it slow and steady and learn to enjoy the process of getting to the point where you can "cast off" because, frankly, it will take a while.
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Old 29-08-2006, 16:42   #4
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Welcome aboard ~ we could use another handsome gentleman.
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Old 30-08-2006, 01:47   #5
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Good for you! As presented above, pay no notice to those who look to deny. This is the place for you my friend, and many friends you will find here. Truly I say, in the world of salt and sea you will find not just friends but family. The sea and the passion of sailing her creates a bond indestructable by all those nay-sayers. Push onward and as a well quoted man once said:

" Happiness is a state of going somewhere, wholeheardtedly, without regret or reservation " was W.H. Sheldon.

I found that little bit of inspiration tacked to the bulkhead of a recently purchased boat. I promise you my friend, with the passion of your pursuit, if you study, learn, practice, crew, experience and do, you will have that success that Thoreau say is "uncommon to men".

This is the best place to start. Cruiser's Forum is a treasure trove of invaluble experience and advice. Participate, inquiry and share. You will absorb what you need to do what you dream.

The sail, the play of it's pulse so like our own lives: So thin and yet so full of life, so noiseless when it labors hardest, so noisy and impatient when least effective...
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Old 30-08-2006, 09:16   #6
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Great to have you aboard!!! Anything I can help with, let me know, my boat is in St Pete -- take a sail with me someday, if you'd like. I could always use a sailing buddy!
PS I am doing a lot of child raising myself, by myself. Mine are still young. Don't let anyone tell you your dreams aren't coming true. I dumped a lot of things to get here and start. I don't regret any of it!
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Old 23-09-2006, 20:49   #7
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You still around? I was just in Lakelamd! Let me know about a sail!
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Old 24-09-2006, 13:26   #8
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Aloha M. Cokee,
Missed you the first time around. Welcome aboard!!
Although many do it with degree of success I don't suggest you buy a boat and then learn about bluewater. My suggestion is that you try bluewater the pick out a boat that will meet your needs.
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