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Old 20-08-2009, 07:01   #1
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We Share a Certain Kind of Crazy Enthusiasm

After forty years of talking about it, I'm finally doing it.
Iíve bought the boat.
I have a girlfriend crazy enough to come with me.
Iím selling the house and all my stuff.
At the end of the hurricane season, we move onto the boat for a five to fifty year sabbatical.

Iíve been lurking for over a year and am amazed at the knowledge and enthusiasm demonstrated by you people. I found this forum by searching on ď3GM30Ē and Iím sure youíve saved me many thousands of dollars already.

Iím happy to be aboard and hope I can contribute in my own way.
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Old 20-08-2009, 07:19   #2
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welcome aboard........
aren't these folk just great...closing on the house in sept...in December me and my wife are going for the sabbatical too....and i know i would have lost money on the purchase if not for these guys...see you in the islands...........Ed
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Old 20-08-2009, 07:32   #3
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Go for it! Well, it sounds like you already are but still had to say it Godspeed to your dreams, house closings and cutting of the dock lines.
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with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!
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Old 20-08-2009, 08:12   #4
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Best of luck for the adventure. I hope you will keep us posted on what happens, and start to be a contributor , saving future newbies lots of $$$
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Keep posting so that we dreamers will have something to read and look forward to! Best of luck to you!
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...I found this forum by searching on ď3GM30Ē and Iím sure youíve saved me many thousands of dollars already...
On CF, we guarantee you'll get your price of admission back, and more! Best wishes on your sabbatical, and keep us posted!
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Old 01-06-2010, 07:30   #8
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Quick update ----
Sold the house yesterday, on to the boat before the end of June.

Exciting times!!
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Congrats on selling the house (less than a year so there's hope for the rest of us) and buying the boat. The Fortuna's a nice cat and 40' a sweet size.

Can we assume your heading South as opposed to the Northwest Passage?
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Thanks Capt.,

Selling the house wasn't an issue, it was getting the kids squared away and getting my mind wrapped around the reality of doing it as opposed to the dreaming of doing it. The expression "Be careful of what you wish for." comes to mind.

As for the Northwest Passage, with all due respect to Stan Rogers, I think we'll stick to the southern latitudes. To quote another great Canadian singer/songwriter, Neil Young, when asked why he had a ranch in California he said, "I've done my cold time."
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I had a harder time convincing the kids I wasn't "muy loco" than convincing the now ex-wife that cruising was the way I wanted to go. She had a harder time reducing a 4/3 house and three cars to a sailboat. We ended up compromising by getting a couple large storage lockers - just in case.

I grew up in New Hampshire and decided the only snow I wanted to see was on TV. So far, it's been a great, challenging, confounding ride.

I tell friends the last two and skip the first one.
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Congratulations on the sale of the house and the start of your new life (and a great time to sell to the extent that housing values in our neck of the woods are due for a fair size drop in the next couple of years). I'm sure you'll find great advice here on everything from maintenance (as you already know) to anchorages. And we, of course, look forward to hearing of your experiences and adventures.

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