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Old 02-06-2013, 13:18   #1
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Hi everyone,
I'm Rico. I've been sailing a while (self taught), mostly in the Pacific Northwest. Sailed and crewed from Portland, Or to Vancouver Island, BC. I'm in middle Tennessee now and haven't sailed for almost ten years. Boat splashed not too long ago. San Juan 7.7 modified for live aboard. I'll be trying to loose the rust on my skills this season, and am planning to take this boat to the Carib. next spring. I'm also looking for a blue water boat up to 34' for future cruising. I recently retired and am now considering some serious passage making. Consequently, I will be seeking advice on all aspects of long term cruising and live-ability. While I realize some of the benefits of a "full keel", what does one sacrifice for going with modified fins?

I welcome any suggestions for boats and the reason why you'd choose them. I expect to single hand and I want to be comfortable so I'm considering boats from 29' to 34' max.

Thanks all, and I'm looking forward to getting to know as many of you as I can. Oh btw, if anyone out there is involved in any kind of mission or relief work utilizing your boat, I'd especially like to talk with you about that!
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Old 02-06-2013, 14:40   #3
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Thanks for the greet Mark!
I look forward to reading about your adventures and maybe picking your brain as I prepare for the Carib.
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Welcome. I live in Clarksville TN. I have my boat up at Lake Barkley in Kentucky.
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Hey neighbor! Will be boating your way next spring to hit the TEN-TOM, I'm just outside Nashville, so maybe we can hook-up and tell some sea stories. Thanks for tippin' the hat!
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Ain't got my Bosun's whistle...
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While I realize some of the benefits of a "full keel", what does one sacrifice for going with modified fins?
One sacrifices a great deal of surface drag, I should think, as well as a modicum of unresponsiveness.

Welcome aboard regardless.
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Ain't got my Bosun's whistle...
But... Welcome to CF anyway...

No worries, I'm just an airdale who's lost his afterburners and is strikin' for the surface fleet! Thanks, but look for that whistle though ... in case I ever have to be piped ashore!
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Welcome to CF!

N. MS here... next to Pickwick...

Lots of disadvantages to a full keel, but for me (1 of my 2 boats is) the good far outweighs the bad.... (VERY abbreviated summary) ...

Bad = maneuverability, rate and radius of turn, overall speed, and windward pointing...

Good = excellent sea motion, stability, draft, and not having to worry about losing a keel !
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One sacrifices a great deal of surface drag, I should think, as well as a modicum of unresponsiveness.

Welcome aboard regardless.
Thanks for your input bash. I'm formerly from So Cal. , left in 92 for the PNW. Presently in TN, but ready to go play!
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Welcome to CF!

N. MS here... next to Pickwick...

Lots of disadvantages to a full keel, but for me (1 of my 2 boats is) the good far outweighs the bad.... (VERY abbreviated summary) ...

Bad = maneuverability, rate and radius of turn, overall speed, and windward pointing...

Good = excellent sea motion, stability, draft, and not having to worry about losing a keel !
Don't know anything about Pickwick. Does the Tenn Tom go anywhere near there. I plan to start collecting charts for my trip pretty soon. Thanks for welcoming me to the community. You are in MS now right?
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Don't know anything about Pickwick. Does the Tenn Tom go anywhere near there. I plan to start collecting charts for my trip pretty soon. Thanks for welcoming me to the community. You are in MS now right?
Right Smack Dab into it! Straight (well very snakey straight) shot to Mobile...

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Aloha and welcome aboard!
I've got an old bosun whistle here somewhere! Tweet!
How's that?
Good to have you here and thanks for your Naval Service.
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Hey neighbor! Will be boating your way next spring to hit the TEN-TOM, I'm just outside Nashville, so maybe we can hook-up and tell some sea stories. Thanks for tippin' the hat!
I figured you would be near Nashville. I go down there once in a while to the West Marine if I really need something from there quickly (usually shop around first).

I was looking at putting my boat down in Piercy Priest but I liked that Kentucky Lake had more room to sail and there are nicer marinas. Either way, it would have been an hour drive for me.
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I've got an old bosun whistle here somewhere! Tweet!
How's that?
Good to have you here and thanks for your Naval Service.
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Oops! I just made a mistake I used to yell at young sailors about. It's called a "bosun's call." That's what happens when you've been retired 22 years. Still got one here somewhere.

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