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Old 06-02-2019, 17:12   #1
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A sailor stuck in the desert looking to make the ocean my home

Hey there! Nice to meet you all.

So I have reached the point in life where the dream of moving to the water is starting to become a very probable reality. This does not mean that I am retiring unfortunately, but more that my job allows me the freedom to work from home. All I need is a decent internet connection and access to an airport.

It is because of this that i have started my quest for the liveaboard life.

I am not new to sailing, but at the same time, I am by no means planning a Trans-Atlantic voyage any time soon. I learned to sail on Lake Pleasant, Az on a MacGregor 22, followed by a Hunter 26. Both of these were swing keel models and were perfect for one nighters in a cove plus they were both trailerable. Chasing the bigger is better idea I moved on to a Catalina 30 MkII which was wetslipped at Lake Pleasent harbor.

The days of stepping the mast were over!

Based on what I have seen in the forum it looks like I have found a cornucopia of knowledge. I look forward to not only learning but also contributing to an already awesome community. Although we all know to expect the absurd, because the absurd can quickly become the reality, going in well researched never hurts.

See you all out there
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Old 06-02-2019, 17:38   #2
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Re: A sailor stuck in the desert looking to make the ocean my home

Welcome aboard Brad! Let's see, airport nearby and internet... sounds like you are moving west man!
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Old 06-02-2019, 18:23   #3
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Re: A sailor stuck in the desert looking to make the ocean my home

Hi Brad if you have already had trailer sailers then don’t write a big one off as an alternative to a keel and restrictions to where you can go. If you are still working and may need to see people face to face at times or even move from east to west, north to south why not take your sailing home with you. Whilst not big enough for a family some big Trailer Sailers are big enough for a couple or single. They can sail almost to all inshore destinations and even some close offshore ones with care but also access many interesting inland destinations as well. Shower toilet compartments and some standing headroom are available along with other advantages.
Re stepping the mast some innovative new ones make that very easy. My slight fifteen year old daughter can step mine on my Imexus 28 due to a clever inbuilt mast raising system which is permenantly mounted at all times. It can be raised and lowered from the cockpit on land or on water with all the usual stability and effort problems dealt with by clever design.
Just a thought! Regards Graeme
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Old 07-02-2019, 05:02   #4
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Brad.
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