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Old 11-01-2012, 21:22   #1
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Sailors to Cruisers

Howdy,

We have been around the site for about a year, but have just recently begun posting. We are working hard at moving from being sailors to being cruisers. We recently became empty nesters and are planning our move from the frozen north of Wisconsin to the Gulf Shores / Orange Beach area of Alabama.

We are currently working on our shortlist of bluewater sailboats and adding to our knowledge and abilities to enable us to cruise safely. We have a ridiculous amount of learning and practicing to do in the next 2 years, but the process is sooooo much fun.

We are posting our progress on our new blog, wrinklesinoursails.blogspot.com, to keep our family and friends up to date on our foolishness.

Fair winds everyone.

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Welcome. Doesn't sound so foolish to me what kind of boat has made your short list ? We just bought our 44 islander last February , haven't been sailing much longer than that , and we are heading for Mexico this fall. You will have a blast. Good luck on your dreams.
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Nice blog - I like 'em with lots of pictures!! But it's soooo hard to keep them up, don'cha reckon?

Welcome aboard, and good luck with the dream!
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Welcome to CF folks....
Enjoy the hunt..
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Old 12-01-2012, 06:54   #5
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G'Day Brenda and Mike,
Congratulations on the decision, good luck boat hunting, and as you say - enjoy the learning curve.
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I enjoyed reading your blog. The best is yet to come.
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Old 12-01-2012, 11:04   #7
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Welcome. Doesn't sound so foolish to me what kind of boat has made your short list ? We just bought our 44 islander last February , haven't been sailing much longer than that , and we are heading for Mexico this fall. You will have a blast. Good luck on your dreams.
Thanks! Our short list is full of, well.... short boats. We are looking for something like the Pacific Seacraft Dana at 24', Island Packet 27/29 up to the Baba 30. We started detailing our short list on our blog.

Man we hate being po' folk. Still paying for yet another college student. Just can't afford that Crealock yet.

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Aloha and welcome aboard!
Good luck in your search.
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Welcome, new here to posting as well...Have you seen this site: Sailboat Reviews of Offshore Cruising Yachts : Bluewaterboats.org

Pretty awesome recollection/reviews of blue water capable boats including your Dana 24 and a couple of my favs:
Bristol Channel Cutter 28 Review : Bluewaterboats.org
Allegra 24 Review : Bluewaterboats.org
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Welcome, new here to posting as well...Have you seen this site: Sailboat Reviews of Offshore Cruising Yachts : Bluewaterboats.org

Pretty awesome recollection/reviews of blue water capable boats including your Dana 24 and a couple of my favs:
Bristol Channel Cutter 28 Review : Bluewaterboats.org
Allegra 24 Review : Bluewaterboats.org
Yes, we have spent some time on that site. We love the BCC 28 as well. It is usually too expensive to fit in our budget, but we can always dream.
We spent the weekend in Chicago at the Strictly Sail show and saw a lot of boats selling for prices we can't even dream about. They look and feel like floating condos, but very few of them really come equipped for off-shore work.

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What's life without a little foolishness! Welcome!
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Old 09-02-2012, 18:24   #12
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We have purchased a Com-Pac 23/3 to learn some more on while we prepare for our move south and our future bluewater dream boat.

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An update on our progress.

We've been sailing as much as possible and reading way too many sailing blogs, adventure and reference books. We have "beautified" our Com-Pac 23/3 and have truly enjoyed her sailing characteristics. Most of our personal possessions have been sold or given away while we have cleaned out our house in preparation for her sale. We have updated our country home and listed it.



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The search is on for our cruising sailboat. All we need now is a willing home buyer with good credit to send us on our journey. We hope to have it sold this spring before Brenda's teaching contract concludes in June, so we can pack our remaining possessions up and head to the Gulf coast.
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Awesome tiller pilot...
Boats pretty nice as well.. happy cruising
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