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Old 13-04-2008, 20:59   #1
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dipping a toe in the water...

Greetings All... I just started reading posts on this site at the suggestion of a friend. What a great resource! I have caught the "bug," so to speak, and I am beginning to research boats, how to take care of my dog when we go off-shore, singlehanding... everything. I thought I would share with others another awesome resource, How to Sail Around the World, by Hal Roth. It is an indispensible reference and an easy read. You can pick up a copy on pretty reasonably.

I didn't see a category for it, but I would love to hear some stories from some of you "old salts" about your first times cruising after you decided to head out into the Deep Blue as a way of life. Things that were as you thought they might be... other things that you didn't expect... whatever you might like to share.

Also... I think this forum could use a cruiser-specific personals section... "Greetings. I am currently living aboard in Seattle with my dog. I am 35, 6'2", 200lbs., and I am planning to head South until I reach Cape Horn and then come up the Atlantic. Anyone care to join me?" You get the idea. LOL!

Anyway, I really appreciate all of the great advice and thoughts I have been reading. Hopefully I will be able to contribute some as well in the future.
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Old 14-04-2008, 03:35   #2
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Old 14-04-2008, 11:13   #3
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Hi Sol.
Re your note - IMHO I think the best way you can look after your dog if you wish to go off sailing, is to find a really nice home for him ashore with someone else.
Now I'm going to duck and run for cover:-)
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Old 14-04-2008, 12:16   #4
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Ooo... that cuts pretty deep, John. ;o) I appreciate the thought and her well-being is my greatest concern, but I don't think I could be without her (or her w/o me) for more than about a week at a time. Fortunately she's pretty adaptable and LOVES to run on the beach, so I think it can work. Other people seem to bring pets with them all over the place... it's the longer crossings that might be an issue.
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Old 18-04-2008, 22:35   #5
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Welcome aboard!! Hope you enjoy the information the forum can provide. Here in Hawaii the quarantine for pets used to be 6 months. Pets were not allowed off the boats. Now if all the necessary hoops are jumped through before leaving your last port its down to about a month or less.
I'm certain there are other places just as bad so you need to check out the rules before getting underway for anywhere exotic.
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