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    Bio: Sailed a Hobie 16 for over 25 years, did lots of chartering, owned an ODay 222, then decided to cruise after retirement in 2001. Bought an IP 380 and put over 15,000 nm on her cruising in the Chesapeake, Bermuda, and then on to the Caribbean for a couple of years. Liked it so much down there that we moved to Nevis and sold the boat. After six years on Nevis, we've moved back to Virginia.

    Hud3's Boat: Island Packet 380, now sold
    Location: Virginia
    Join Date: 14-09-2007 at 14:26 (Days: 4,114)
    Last Visit: 13-12-2018 at 12:21
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Intentional Drifter

    Intentional Drifter's Boat: Boatless, for now, Cat enthusiast
    Location: Pac NW
    Join Date: 24-04-2006 at 08:47 (Days: 4,622)
    Last Visit: 14-12-2018 at 08:16
    Posts: 1,289 (Posts Per Day: 0.28)
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    Bio: I grew up along the St. Lawrence River in eastern Ontario Canada. Messing around on boats on the river was popular time waster with us kids. My first boat was built with my buddy out of a few sheets of 1/4" ply, tape & glue. It lasted a summer but was a blast. From an early age I knew I wanted to be in the Coast Guard. As a pre-schooler I'd spend hours on my Aunt's porch watching the comings & goings of the crews & ships at the local Coast Guard base dreaming of being the Captain of one of the Red & White Ships. Also being a gear head I sent the better part of my teens with my head stuck under the hood of cars. After a couple of summer jobs as a deckhand on the CG ships I tried my hand at marine engineering in college. Unfortunately Calculus got the better of me and I eventually ended back on the ships in the galley scrubbing pots. Over the course of the next 4 years aboard the CCGS Griffon I worked my way up from pot scrubber to storekeeper/clerk to purser. A four month stint on Canada's largest Icebreaker, Louis S. St. Laurent I was certified as a Logistics Officer (hauled up through the hawse pipe) and got posted to Thunder Bay Ontario aboard the CCGS Samuel Risley where I plied my trade for 6 years before being posted to the CCG College in Sydney Nova Scotia. That only lasted a year before I transferred back to Ottawa as Senior Project Officer Logistics. I started porting NATO cataloguing data to networked servers in 1992 and started the first CCG web site that year. That gig ended up being a 15 yr assignment. I'm now the only Cognos BI expert in our technical services branch in HQ. I'll have 30 yrs service in November 2010. Five yrs to go to retirement and cruising away on our lil' 31' trawler. Standby.... Boater (power) and boatbuilder (wannabe)

    knottybuoyz's Boat: TW31 Modified
    Location: Iroquois, Ontario
    Join Date: 24-11-2005 at 10:48 (Days: 4,773)
    Last Visit: 24-09-2017 at 07:59
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    Bio: As a Scottish teenager we moved to Canada, where I loved our new country but finally understood what below zero really meant. Majoring in psychology, one day my Prof. explained that we subconsciously choose careers that help ourselves. Since I thought him brilliant, but a bit nuts!… I promptly ran away to a career at Sea…. in case it was contagious! Bridging both commercial marine and professional yachting, I skippered water taxis, pilot boats, harbor and offshore tugs while doing large yacht deliveries and charters (both sail and power) till my licenses and reputation allowed me to command small cruise ships and eventually enter the Super Yacht industry. Project managing the “Design and Build” of these modern “masterpieces” was a never ending learning curve of balancing unlimited budgets with design egos while being a practical sailor. I loved it when all that talent created a captain’s dream boat that allowed us to explore the remote corners of the Oceans, in safety and comfort. Retired from operations I enjoy my personal sailing life on board Star Gazer, but now into a new learning curve of finding budget solutions for a cruising sailor. I have been taught a great deal from reading this Forum, which only proves my old Prof correct that I always was a Drifter, but now with the help from CF members and friends… I can calculate my “Set and Rate” …. Fair Winds to All!

    Pelagic's Boat: Van Helleman Schooner 65ft StarGazer
    Join Date: 07-10-2007 at 21:47 (Days: 4,090)
    Last Visit: Yesterday at 21:55
    Posts: 7,853 (Posts Per Day: 1.92)
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Southern Star

    Bio: Despite coming from a non-boating family, I caught the sailing bug early and purchased my first 'boat' - a Styrofoam Sea Snark, at age 12 with money from paper routes, cutting lawns, etc. Since then, in addition to bareboating and crewing for others on offshore passages, I have continuously owned a boat including a 14 foot Blue Jay (at age 16), a 17'3" Siren with cuddy, a Continental 25 fiberglass Folkboat, an Alberg 30, a Bayfield 32, a Cartwright 36 Pilothouse Cutter and my current boat, a Solaris Sunstream 40 catamaran. Retired as of July 15, 2015, we have sold off our house in Canada and will be sailing south starting in late September, cruising the Bahamas and Caribbean during the winter of 2015/16 and thereafter....who knows? We also own a beautiful beach front property on Isla Margarita, but our plans to build a small 'boutique' resort there are on indefinite hold until the political and economic situation stabilizes.

    Southern Star's Boat: 1994 Solaris Sunstream 40
    Location: Wherever our boat is; Playa Zaragoza, Isla Margarita
    Join Date: 11-12-2007 at 09:41 (Days: 4,026)
    Last Visit: 19-10-2018 at 08:46
    Posts: 2,449 (Posts Per Day: 0.61)

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