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Old 07-06-2016, 09:13   #1
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Preparing for the big trip!

Hi all,
I am Richard and like many here I have been lurking with interest for a few months soaking up the wisdom and insight of those of you have have both gone before us or who like us are trying to get our heads around everything.
Linda and I have now bought the boat, an 11 year old Wauquiez with big windows (pluses and minuses there we know, but you can't beat the view while staying warm in temperate climes!) and enough fixtures for ocean passage making to give us a head start in the prep. We plan to take a career break and if we're lucky get to call it retirement eventually! I've sailed and owned boats all my life, so I'm under no illusions we need to take a year or two to get us and the boat in shape for cutting the marina dock lines for good and setting off to explore this fragile world of ours while we can.
We've already made a few of the decisions and learnt some of the lessons, so I hope we can occasionally give some value back to the discussions too. In the mean time many thanks for all the learning you folks have given us so far!
Bon voyages!

P.S. Our boat's registered name is great in French but confuses Anglophones, so my label here is for convenience!
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Old 08-06-2016, 08:55   #2
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Re: Preparing for the big trip!

Welcome to the forum...Nice vessel.
"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 08-06-2016, 09:23   #3
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Re: Preparing for the big trip!

Howdy and Welcome Aboard CF, Richard and Linda!

The Wauquiez boats sure are nice!
And I like Deck Saloon and Pilot House boats too.

Since you mentioned your boat's real name is difficult for Anglophones, I am curious if you will change it for that reason, and what the boat's name is too.

Fair winds!
Ahoy All Sailors! I love traditional sailboats of all kinds (e.g. gaff rigged, schooners, cutters, smacks, woodies, etc.). See my CF Profile "About Me" page for details.
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