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View Poll Results: Wife left. Sold house. Buying boat. Sailing around world. Good idea or Bad idea?
Yes, go for it! 171 89.06%
No, you're crazy! 3 1.56%
Yes, and I want to come with you! 16 8.33%
No, but I have a great friend, sister, daughter for you to meet. 2 1.04%
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Old 24-06-2010, 19:01   #76
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Well, I guess I voted with the rest of the nuts.
Good luck. I recommend a boat 36 and less in length.
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Old 24-06-2010, 19:37   #77
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You can handle a 42 by yourself.. As for sailing around the world FORGET IT.. SUICIDE. You can have a wonderful time and meet lots of nice people and girls in Central and South America. Just avoid the squalls and floating trees off Honduras.... Good luck.
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Old 24-06-2010, 22:31   #78
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Keep in mind that all the parts of a 35 footer will be about 1/2 the price of a 50 footer's. If you spend twice as much you can only go for half as long. Stuff breaks and wears out.
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Old 24-06-2010, 23:21   #79
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Go for the 50. I sailed for 6 months with a couple. The 1987 benetau 50 they had was a dream to sail,, they bought an ex morrings an sold it for 45k more 3 years later. More room, faster and more comfortable than a 37. I have sailed in a 37 for a weekend,,, 2 small for me,,, Also spend a month in a 44 footer,,, that would have been ok but still would have liked the extra room of the 50.... the benetau is an easy boat to sail
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Old 25-06-2010, 00:49   #80
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I have worn your shoes. I was going to buy a 36 ended with a 39 footer, I think 50 would be nice but it is too big for one person , okay for a couple maybe, 40 is plenty. Don’t plan on a world trip, just plan some short ones in the same direction and before you know it part of a world trip, it’s not a race enjoy it all; call it therapy against the black dog.
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Old 25-06-2010, 03:00   #81
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Sounds like an awesome adventure. Definitely go for it!!! =)
... Take me with you ... hahaha.
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Old 25-06-2010, 10:01   #82
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ok so you traded the anchors for freedom and you are still here writing on sbo??????
i dont get it----should be out sailing.........
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Old 25-06-2010, 11:04   #83
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Sleptic,

Before you sell everything, buy a 50-footer and take off around the world (SUICIDE, as has been pointed out), spend five bucks and read this book:

Amazon.com: Sensible Cruising: The Thoreau Approach : A Philosophic and Practical Approach to…

It'll be worth every penny.
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Old 25-06-2010, 11:06   #84
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I say go for it and the fastest way to learn is probably going to be through experiance and an ASA class or two, with ASA to take other classes you have to take Basic Keel Boat first, but I have found that once you know a little the rest comes easy, after BKB i would sugest coastal navigation, offshore passagemaking, and celestial navigation among others. on the subject of which way to go I would go west so that i wouldn't get caught in any storms in the atlantic seeing as this is the start of hurricne season. i would like to go but you probably wouldn't want me along as I like to do everything and I'll be in college but if you are ever in the carribean and want any help just call and I'll be happy to help in anyway possible. oh and if you do decid to not get the Beneteau then I would get something with a ketch rig as it will be easier to handle a few more but smaller sails instead of one big sail plus a ketch offers more sail combinations which makes for easier handling and better control under all conditions.

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Old 05-02-2011, 19:35   #85
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trade wife and house for boat

(I woke up a few days after Christmas last year and found a note from my wife informing me that she had moved in with one of my friends.)

Lucky you.
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Old 05-02-2011, 19:51   #86
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so that means you got the house... sell it quick while you are still married...

sell everything and get your boat...
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Old 06-02-2011, 18:02   #87
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Eric,
I know how its going, just wish I had the house to sell myself....lol
I say go for it, Since my wife was traded I have moved a few times and it sucks I wish I would of got the boat back then.
See the world, experience life to the fullest. what ever dream you have!!
good luck, if you need a friend on the boat to help out let me know... I have no place to be for the rest of my life, so I can take a trip....
I would go for maybe a 35 to 45 footer though, but what the hell, 50' no worries. I always said I would rather have problems on the blue then on land. You would be able to figure anything out, repair what is needed, and survive, and if you can't so what, what you disapear doing something most people would never think of doing, but you did and had the guts to do it. Good or bad the out come, you only live once. enjoy it!!
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It's 7 months later now. Does anyone know how Eric did? Is he enjoying some distant anchorage?

I'd invite him up to sail our Beneteau 50 if he's still around.

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Old 13-02-2011, 07:23   #89
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Go for it, but I say, don't go alone. The issue of solitude is probably not a good thing for you at this time. You need someone to crew with you, especially since this is your first outting. Just my humble opinion. I'm a cruiser so I can't give you my opinion on the sail boat you are purchasing. Good luck to you!! Life is for chasing your dreams,.... go get 'em!
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hope he is doing well and sailing a lot.
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