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Old 05-04-2017, 15:22   #1
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Hi! My husband and I are new and getting ready to move soon from MT and purchase our first Catamaran. It's been a dream of ours for sometime. We been studying for ASA certification and can't wait to join "The Sailing Community!"
We find the forum helpful on here and look forward to ideas in the future.☺
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Welcome Montana. Hamilton here living, working, and sailing currently in Anguilla.
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Welcome aboard! Do you happen to live near Flathead Lake? My old boat is there somewhere. Good luck on your plans!
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Wow as a matter of fact we are from Seeley Lake. So yeah we are familiar with Flathead and Hamilton as well
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Wow as a matter of fact we are from Seeley Lake. So yeah we are familiar with Flathead and Hamilton as well
Well if you swing by Flathead and see a little ol' white Columbia 24 sailing around, that's my old boat. Friends trucked her up there back in '90 from Santa Barbara. Great little boat!
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Awesome! We are looking for a Catamaran Lagoon 380 when we move. Any suggestions on a good broker?
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Where do you plan to move to?
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It seems most of the boats we are looking for are in Florida. Any suggestions?
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If you are planning to move somewhere that you can sail, Florida is a good choice. There are, however, a number of other good choices. It really depends on what you are looking for, what you like, what you want out of life.

You pays your money and takes your choice.

Good luck.
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Welcome from another Montanan! My father still lives in Kalispell, we're originally from Hamilton.
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Welcome to the sailing community. I too, am originally from Montana. A little town called Hingham on the Hi-Line, 35 miles west of Havre. Currently living and sailing in Fort Myers Florida. Just recently purchased a 47 ft. Beneteau. We plan to be sailing full time in the Caribeen in a couple of years.
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Nice to meet a few Montanans! I lived in Havre as well! Can't wait to be sailing and meet everyone!
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If you are considering living in Florida, I would recommend the West Coast over the East Coast. Northerners from New York, New Jersey, Boston tend to migrate to the east coast. West coast get more people from the mid-west. Water is shallower on the west coast, but with a Cat, shouldn't be a problem. Looking for a good broker, talk to Jamie with Preffered Yachts in St. Petersburg.
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We have quite a few cats for sale in Texas and it's a great place to base out of. So on your way to the east coast and Florida, you might want to stop off here.
Texas is A lot cheaper than Florida for slips etc. Our area is the 3rd largest concentration of boats in the US. 7000 slips in 5 square miles.

We also have a one owner 2002 Voyager 440 Cat that is currenty for sale in Florida. Owners version. Very well kept. All are on Boats for Sale - New and Used Boats and Yachts - YachtWorld.com
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Re: New from Montana

Hi Snickers, I am a Montanan, and still live (part-time) in Missoula. We kept our Island Packet on the Flathead Lake for 2 years and then trucked her down to Florida. We live in Punta Gorda during the winter.

It does my ole "stub-toe" heart good to see all the Montanans here. Originally, I'm from Billings.

Good luck in your search for a boat. Take your time and if you can, sail on a few before you make your final decision. BTW, we did take some ASA classes a few years ago and learned a lot. I think it is really fun to always be learning new things.
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