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Old 24-02-2014, 13:00   #1
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Greetings!

Just joined the site and wanted to introduce myself. I've been researching and studying all things catamaran and sailing for two years now with the goal of being full time in the Caribbean within the next two years. I have limited sailing experience and no live aboard experience at all. Towards this deficit I have been "crewing" on cats in my general area and stepping aboard any boat the owner will allow. I have pretty much decided I would like to get a Lagoon 380 Owners Version. That is subject to change as I learn more and more about different boats. I have begun liquidating all the stuff I used to think was vital to a "successful" life.
My plan is to sell everything and then buy the boat, live aboard while any necessary outfitting is done by me, and then sail around the Caribbean in search of worthy causes that need a hand. I'm currently a short-term missionary and spend the majority of my time in Haiti. I have been just about every where in the Caribbean from the Bahamas to Barbados and the South American west coast. I know myself well enough to realize I would not be happy residing in Haiti full time, or any where for that matter. Hence the live aboard cat.

My residence is near San Antonio so sailing opportunities are limited to area lakes or the Gulf Coast, 3 hours away. I look forward to being a member of this community and receiving feedback and input from others as I post inquiries. So many things in the marine industry have changed just in the two years I've been researching what I plan on doing, especially in electronics, that I'm trying to remain open minded to everything.

Thanks for being part of such a great resource!

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Welcome aboard, Tommy. Best of luck on your "mission" – many communities can use some...or a lot of...help in the Caribbean.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Tommy.
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Old 25-02-2014, 05:38   #4
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Thanks WG and GM! I'm really looking forward to getting to know the folks on here.
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Old 27-02-2014, 11:52   #5
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Welcome aboard. Get cruising. Don't be a scaredy cat!
I'm so ashamed :-)
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Old 27-02-2014, 12:11   #6
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Thanks Jim! I'm not scared just lack a few essentials- boat, knowledge, experience. The one I'm really waiting on is the boat, the other two I can acquire once I have the boat. lol
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topcat, I wouldn't worry that things are changing fast. The basics of sailing are not going to change anytime soon, and as far as electronics go, you certainly don't need the latest and greatest to sail safely and comfortably. The electronics are only as good as the sailor using them. Welcome aboard.
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Old 27-02-2014, 12:52   #8
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Neo, sound advice indeed. Thanks for that and the greeting. Both are much appreciated!
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
Neo said it well. The basics of sailing have indeed been around for a long time as the hieroglyphics and paintings in the tombs of the Pharoahs have shown. Boats and electronics are a bit different though.
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Welcome aboard! Catamarans are a great way to sail.
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Thanks SkiprJohn and maxingout! I appreciate the hellos.
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