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Old 29-12-2008, 09:40   #16
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You might want to pm LittleFlower. I am sure she could give you the young female perspective. If you have been sailing with your Dad, I am sure you have knowledge of the systems aboard your cat.

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Old 29-12-2008, 14:34   #17
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Welcome CB:

Good luck in your desire to cruise. I lost my father last year and it has been quite difficult. I bought my boat when I realized that my Dad was not going to make it. It had been his dream - - unrealized -- he taught me to sail and we did a fair bit of sailing togehter. Every situation is different but . . . I have empathy for you.

As for cruising I can say that everything on a boat breaks. If you don't know how to fix it or can't pay to have it fixed or can't learn to fix it it will turn into something unusable in a short time. Sounds like you have experience sailing. From there just pick a spot that you want to go and then study the pilots and guides to find the best times to go and then go. Here is a link to a young woman who is doing it on her own Liz Clark is sailing the Cal 40 "Swell" She left California and sailed down the coast and is now in the South Pacific. Blogs - tags:greenroom - remarkable young women. Good luck with your adventure.
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Between us there was, as I have already said somewhere, the bond of the sea. Besides holding our hearts together through long periods of separation, it had the effect of making us tolerant of each other's yarns -- and even convictions. Heart of Darkness
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