I guess after about 25 posts it's time to introduce myself.
I'm Tom, and I live in Apalachicola, North Florida
. I do a lot of short cruises and an occasional longer one. I have trimmed my dreams to fit my realities, sad in some ways but very liberating in other ways.
Having played about in boats for over half a century, I have more than a few opinions. I don't mind sharing them, and I love a good sea story. I like small boats, and try to keep it simple.
I have worked on fishing
field boats, deliveries, blue water
ships, and commercial
sail, as captain
and as crew. Pleasure sailing has always been my main interest. As a result, my experience is spotty, deep in some fields and shallow in others. I like old, small, gas engines, and am now playing with diesels. I love the CF technical forums! I find theorizing over demon rum
pleasant as well.
I love reading the heavy hitters here on CF, and learning
from their experiences. The squabbles are entertaining too, but I prefer watching them to joining in. I am glad to help anyone in any way I can. I am fairly familiar with local waters, and am often ready to crew to or from St Pete on the 185 mile gap in the ICW
now giving away what I used to sell for a couple of hundred per day.
When I was working, we would run in and out of ports
, never spending as much time as I would have liked. s\Sometime, we came so close to land I could even smell the smell of food
, the jungle, and exotic living wafting out on the breeze....................but we kept going. I now have time to stop and enjoy those places as long as I wish.
I look forward to getting to know some of the CF members. Until we come close on the water
, I look forward to seeing you on the Forums
. I hope you will come to looking forward to my postings as well. Tom