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Old 07-12-2010, 18:01   #1
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Hello to all. I'm new here and once again bitten by the sailing/ cruising bug.

My first sailing experience occurred a couple of weeks after walking down a dock in Gig Harbor WA and spotting a pretty little boat with a "For Sale" sign hung on the bow rail. I contacted the owners, bought the boat and a copy of Royce's Sailing manual. What more could I need. Never set foot on a sail boat, grew up in Wyoming, couldn't swim, but what the hell, I was pilot, lived through the Viet Nam experience, how hard could this be?

The first indication that I was into something strange came when the sellers, a couple from San Francisco, cryed when we closed the deal. I was equally shocked when the first time I went to the new acquisition I found a bottle of wine and a lengthy note describing the joys the couple had experienced on "JUMBI" a Cal 25.

The Gods are kind to idiots and drunks. I sailed Jumbi all around Puget Sound venturing over 200 nm west of Tatoosh Island at one delusional period. Try as I did I couldn't sink Jumbi or do away with myself.

I was allowed to crew on a Valiant 40 on the Victoria, Canada to Maui run around 1980. That completely set the hook, the sailing life for me. However, I did learn that a large boat in Puget Sound became very small a day or two past the entrance of the Straits of Juan of Fuca.

But alas, reality intervened to work it was with one minor deviation, a 1000 hp 46' Post Sport Fisherman out of Gulf Shores, AL. I was looking for a sail boat when I bought the Post.

Did I mention that I am easily distracted?

Back to the sailing life, a little more stable and wiser. Maybe.

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Old 07-12-2010, 18:04   #2
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Old 07-12-2010, 19:04   #3
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rofl... post is a good boat-- at least you have decent taste in stinkpots lol.... welcome back to reality, as it were....i did the power boat thing a coupla times, but the stick and rags won.... welcome and have fun!!
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Old 07-12-2010, 19:41   #4
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Nice story and good luck with the sailing venture.
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Thanks for your service too. I've always admired Vietnam Vets. Not that all vet shouldn't be appreciated for their service, but these guys and gals were often left holding the bag over there and upon their return. Thanks again, Jim
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