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Old 24-03-2017, 10:35   #1
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Hello, all. I'm Keith from Greencastle, PA. My partner Ann and I are looking into a smallish sailboat (<34') to retire to, live aboard and hopefully see the Caribbean. She's already retired, I have a few more years to go.
Neither of us has ever even been on a sailboat and one of us can't swim (I won't say which one).
I was in the Navy back in the 70s and love the water. My father had a plywood Chris Craft when I was a kid and we lived near the Magothy River so we had easy access to the Chesapeake Bay.
Ann and I are attending the Annapolis Sailboat Show at the end of April (2017) and will be taking a short sailing class.
I'm probably going to be doing a lot of reading and will try to search for the answers I need before posting a question.
I look forward to learning and making some friends here, as forums can facilitate both.

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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Keith.
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Greetings! You still have easy access, to an extent! My ex-wife's family lived in York PA and kept a boat on Weems Creek off the Bay. You're a bit farther away but it could work!

Is the one of you who can't swim receptive to learning? I think that would be wise.
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Greetings! You still have easy access, to an extent! My ex-wife's family lived in York PA and kept a boat on Weems Creek off the Bay. You're a bit farther away but it could work!

Is the one of you who can't swim receptive to learning? I think that would be wise.
Yes, but we will both wear PFDs whenever underway or on deck (unless tied up).

I've been a truck driver for almost 35 years so a couple hours drive is just a warm up. I'd like to eventually find a marina in the upper Chesapeake that allows live aboards and doesn't charge the equivalent of a mortgage payment for a slip. But first things first.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Keith.
Thanks! Bet your season is short!
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Hi from Alaska by way of PA long ago! If you can handle trucks on those Pennsylvania goat trails like hwy 30 or the turnpike at least I know you won't be scared in a sailboat!

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