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Old 15-11-2020, 12:07   #1
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Living the dream!

Howdy from Vancouver Island, British Columbia!

I was born and raised here in Victoria. After spending almost 20 years away we moved back about 10 years ago. It was a lifelong dream to live on a boat and that has become a reality. After retiring we moved on to a small Campion 6 years ago and acquired our current 34’ Fairliner 4 years ago. We are full-time liveaboards and cherish this lifestyle. Living on the water has exceeded my expectations. I’m particularly proud of my wife. When we were shopping for a weekender after moving back to the island she got seasick just standing on the dock. Now she loves being on the water as much as I do. Life on board got a little more complicated 3 years ago when I had my foot amputated (old motorcycle injury) but I have adapted although dinghy use is a bit of a challenge. “Frosty Morn” is on the hard right now waiting for her new engines to be installed this winter. Also taking this time to redesign the interior. Plans are to splash her late spring/early summer next year.

Great forum and excited to be a part of your community.

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Doug, Judy & Paige (our 9 year old American Cocker Spaniel)
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Old 15-11-2020, 12:19   #2
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Howdy from Vancouver Island, British Columbia!

I was born and raised here in Victoria. After spending almost 20 years away we moved back about 10 years ago. It was a lifelong dream to live on a boat and that has become a reality. After retiring we moved on to a small Campion 6 years ago and acquired our current 34’ Fairliner 4 years ago. We are full-time liveaboards and cherish this lifestyle. Living on the water has exceeded my expectations. I’m particularly proud of my wife. When we were shopping for a weekender after moving back to the island she got seasick just standing on the dock. Now she loves being on the water as much as I do. Life on board got a little more complicated 3 years ago when I had my foot amputated (old motorcycle injury) but I have adapted although dinghy use is a bit of a challenge. “Frosty Morn” is on the hard right now waiting for her new engines to be installed this winter. Also taking this time to redesign the interior. Plans are to splash her late spring/early summer next year.

Great forum and excited to be a part of your community.

Warm regards,
Doug, Judy & Paige (our 9 year old American Cocker Spaniel)
Good for you (both) for making it happen!!!
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Old 15-11-2020, 13:12   #3
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Hey, welcome to CF. I'm pleased to know there are liveaboard marinas on the island

Hopefully see you out there this Spring/summer
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Old 15-11-2020, 19:11   #4
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Welcome to the forum. And what a great cruising ground! We came from Alberta but chartered a couple times out of Vancouver.
Sounds like you are adapting quite well despite the amputation! Good on ya!!
I had a similar issue but was fortunate to get away with a triple fusion.
Try to stay warm and as dry as possible this winter, I know that's difficult there, and enjoy the live aboard life
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Doug, Judy & Paige.
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Bula from Fiji Doug and Judy.
Fantastic that you've joined the forum.

Feel free to post your own thoughts, questions and ideas. The forum only works when people post, and 95% of members here seem reluctant. Don't be a lurker.
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