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Old 05-12-2012, 13:41   #1
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Planning the dream

Hi there
I'm planning to buy and live on a sailboat in the next two years. I live in the Yukon, Canada and have no sailing experience.
So, I'm looking to crew on a boat for my vacations to gain experience and decide how best to proceed.
I'm 40 years old and have some passive income. Experience as a carpenter, pilot, dive master, and business owner.
My girlfriend and I will post on the crew site and hopefully find a boat to help out on this spring.

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Old 05-12-2012, 13:55   #2
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Re: Planning the dream

Hiya Murray.

Best advice on getting sailing experience is to go crew on racing boats if there are races locally. You'll learn oodles. Cruising obviously has some different challenges. But for the sailing part, racing is pretty sweet.

Good luck

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Old 06-12-2012, 09:16   #3
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Re: Planning the dream

My problem is there is no sailing where I live in the north of Canada. Just igloos and moose.
I'm hoping to Find a boat we can crew on in march. I can fly down pretty much anywhere and spend two weeks helping out.
It's -30c here and I can't think of a better way to spend on vacation.
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Old 06-12-2012, 20:51   #4
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
Racing is ok if you are competitive. If not then day sailing is a great way to learn as well.
Good luck in finding someone to sail with.
kind regards,
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Old 06-12-2012, 22:03   #5
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Re: Planning the dream

Welcome to the forum. I found dinghy sailing taught me a lot.
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming: Wow - what a ride!"
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Old 06-12-2012, 23:00   #6
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Re: Planning the dream

Hi Murray
Welcome to CF
Good luck finding a boat to crew on in March.
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Old 07-12-2012, 16:39   #7
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I don't have any advice for finding a crew position. Just wanted to say that we bought our boat while we were living in Colorado and 3.5 years later cut the docklines to go cruising. I don't know that cruising outside Canada is your intention, but us land-locked folks can certainly get there

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