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Old 12-10-2015, 21:39   #1
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Nobody has said anything to my wife and I about being to old for this life style. So we're planning on the liveaboared lifestyle in a year or two; I'll be seventy-one. I'm watching a lot of Utube videos and reading everything I can find on sailboats. I retired from USN in 1984-22 years, wife still working from the house. We're coming so watch your six.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, slooper.
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Old 13-10-2015, 06:55   #3
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Welcome to CF slooper !

Never too old... Only prudent limitations...

Tell us what ya want to do and where yer at!

OH!!! And thanks for riding around in the big grey boats on our behalf!
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Welcome aboard, but don't discount trawlers if your main objective is live aboard and not long distance travel, some are a lot more comfortable and much easier to board than my boat for example
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You're only too old when you THINK you are too old. I just finished reading the story of Harry Heckel, who completed a solo circumnavigation at the age of 89. compared to him, you're just a young whippersnapper.
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Welcome aboard, Slooper.

I have no doubt you and your wife will achieve your goal to live the cruising lifestyle.

Years ago when doing a bottom job on my boat while passing through San Francisco, a steel hulled sloop was set down next to me in the yard.

The yard workers immediately began work removing old, and welding on new zincs. Then an elderly gentleman appeared that same afternoon and started painting the bottom; quickly, quietly, and efficiently.

During our only conversation he revealed he and his wife had sailed that boat (which he built in Germany) for the prior 30 years. He lost his wife on their 4th circumnavigation, and he was preparing for his 5th; this one solo.

He was planning to depart later that week- on his 85th birthday. And he did; with no fanfare other than any personal satisfaction derived from keeping to his self-imposed agenda, and the very fond memories of his wife which he couldn't help but express.

I frequently draw upon the encouragement he unknowingly imparted during that fleeting encounter. Observing him absolutely reinforced my long held belief that the majority (if not all...) of our limitations in life are self imposed... and unnecessary at that.

Enjoy the he** out of your adventure.

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Thanks for the encouragement. We are located in Rogersville, NW Alabama. We're looking for a boat with beam and range on the motor. I've read of the Great Loop for twenty years and we would like to give it a go. We have kids in Albany NY, Houston TX, and Pensacola FL; we can see them all. All the while we can learn the sails and other essential systems on the boats preparing us for Bahama's and Caribbean. I dealt with navigation and rules of the road for twenty two years so just need to brush up a bit on that. My friends always called me McGyver, a sailor can jeryrig anything so this is just a smaller ship the same rules apply; don't run it aground and don't sink it and don't hit another boat. After that it's have fun and of course there's joining the rest of you on the east coast at anchor in the Keys. We are excited.
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Thanks for the encouragement. We are located in Rogersville, NW Alabama. We're looking for a boat with beam and range on the motor. I've read of the Great Loop for twenty years and we would like to give it a go. We have kids in Albany NY, Houston TX, and Pensacola FL; we can see them all. All the while we can learn the sails and other essential systems on the boats preparing us for Bahama's and Caribbean. I dealt with navigation and rules of the road for twenty two years so just need to brush up a bit on that. My friends always called me McGyver, a sailor can jeryrig anything so this is just a smaller ship the same rules apply; don't run it aground and don't sink it and don't hit another boat. After that it's have fun and of course there's joining the rest of you on the east coast at anchor in the Keys. We are excited.
HA HA!!!

Yer an hour-ish+ away from me!
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I think your great loop idea is a spectacular one, especially given the ideal locations of slummin' it off the kids... 'Bout time you came by for a visit and ate all their food...

You can get your MacGyver fill off an old thread here...
Bad MacGyvering ! Questionable Funny Repairs

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Aloha and welcome aboard!

If I had retired in '84 I would have had 22 years Navy too. I waited until '91. Thanks for your service. I first enlisted in Sep '62. How about you?

Happy boat hunting. It is a great experience learning the many different designs of recreational craft.

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Welcome aboard, slooper, from a fellow sailor and once upon a time Navy wife. Thank you for your service and best of luck on your search. Your goals are similar to ours, except we already have the boat. But time frame and cruising grounds similar and I hope we run into you out there (not literally of course.)
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Is there a thread on medications and mail?
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Welcome aboard, but don't discount trawlers if your main objective is live aboard and not long distance travel, some are a lot more comfortable and much easier to board than my boat for example
This is a good point, especially for the great loop. Sailboat masts need to come down between Chicago and missisipi (however that's spelled) and again between the lakes and the Hudson.

I do mostly river and canal cruising and I frequently wish I had a trawler. My wife would never go for it and I do love sailing every so often when the wind isn't from the wrong direction though.

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Welcome Slooper,
Best wishes on your journey. If you are looking to live aboard for a long period, may I suggest you look into a "Trawler" the wife will appreciate the additional space.
Retired USN, 72-92 so you got a few years on me. Thank you for your service!
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In 67 and spent most of my life on the water. A house never felt like a home to me. I did 1967 to 73 in the USN, but left to commercial fish, tugs and ships. I think the extra work and daily chores keep old body parts moving.
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Is there a thread on medications and mail?
Hey Slooper,

I didn't take time to search this forum, but if you use the 'Custom Google Search' under the search menu, above, you will see lots of discussions on these topics.

Some quick feedback to help get you started:

RE: Mail- I suspect a high percentage of full time cruisers use St. Brendan's Isle in Florida. We do, and love their Cruiser Home Port services.

RE: Meds: We are lucky enough to have mail order pharmacy with our health plan. This benefit is worth investigating.

While talking abut medical, if you aren't already covered for Int'l Medical Emergency Evacuations, check into the Divers Alert Network (DAN) Travel Assist Service [A service, not insurance...] This is for anyone- not just SCUBA divers... This is another service used by many cruisers. $59/yr for a family of 5...

In hopes this is helpful.

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