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Old 08-05-2013, 10:03   #1
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Hey all,

My husband and I live in Seattle with our two kids. I spent a lot of time on boats as a kid growing up on the Columbia (I have relatives in their seventies who still race every weekend - I hope we're that active later!), and my husband had a sailboat growing up in the San Juan Islands, but we both haven't sailed in years. A few months ago I got the idea in my head to get a sailboat, and so we joined our local sailing club and took our Keelboat 101 class.

Then, way ahead of schedule, last weekend we stumbled upon a 1990 Hunter 30T in beautiful shape that almost perfectly met our needs, and we bought her. We're looking forward to many years spent cruising the Puget Sound, and hopefully someday get up to Desolation Sound and some other northerly destinations. If the passion holds, we'll likely move up to a bluewater boat once the kids are older, and try our hand at some longer distances. Hubby wants to try Hawaii someday, which is great for me - I could always use another ukulele!

For now, we'll spend the summer learning our boat, working on our sailing skills, teaching the kids the basics, and spending as much time on the water as we can. We're looking forward to meeting local sailors, watching the 4th of July fireworks from Lake Union, and getting a few overnight trips in. Nice to meet you all!

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Old 08-05-2013, 10:36   #2
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Welcome to CF, your post brings back fond memories of a similar period in my youth.

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Old 08-05-2013, 11:23   #3
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Welcome to the forum. You're doing it right. Took a class, starting off with a learner boat and dreaming of offshore. I wish everyone here, that is starting out, did the same. There wouldn't be so many lost dreams from ill-planning...Fair winds....
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Old 08-05-2013, 11:48   #4
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
Good to have you here. You're well on your way to completing a great plan.
Just did the Columbia from Portland, over the bar and down to Newport this last October.
kind regards,
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Old 08-05-2013, 12:19   #5
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Welcome! We also have two children, ages 7 and 4 1/2 and sail out of Seattle (Shilshole).

What is the name of your boat?

We will look for you on the water.


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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, HEB.
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Old 09-05-2013, 05:04   #7
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Welcome. Your story is very similar to ours. Took lessons together, joined a yacht club, then came across a Hunter 31 and bought it way ahead of schedule. We expect to be sailing Desolation this summer. Cheers.
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Well... thank heaven your not 'Sleepless'..
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Good luck with the adventure.. enjoy CF..
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