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Old 06-04-2009, 08:09   #1
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Hello, All!

I'm a Navy vet, former teacher, and current restaurateur who is slowly but surely being convinced to leave it all behind and live aboard a sailboat with my significant other.

Thanks for having me aboard. I'm sure I'll ask a million ridiculous questions, and a few sensible ones.


"Kid Charlemagne" is most likely the name of the sailboat we have yet to purchase. LOL
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Old 06-04-2009, 08:46   #2
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welcome kid,

I too am feeling the pull, but am not ready to leave as I still have 4 years left on active duty until retirement. Then maybe I can cast off.

I will be watching and adding my own questions too.

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Old 06-04-2009, 08:55   #3
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Hi Guys,
Welcome to the site and don't wait too long before taking the big step.
Keep us all posted and enjoy.
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Old 09-04-2009, 18:22   #4
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Aloha Beth,
Welcome aboard! Lots of Navy vets here and some teachers as well. Good luck in your pursuit and questions and comments are always welcome.
Kind regards,
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Old 09-04-2009, 18:59   #5
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Can't wait to hear your questions.
There are so many interesting aspects to cruising and lving on a sailboat from the people you meet, to the incredible scenery, being so close to the weather and its changes, navigation skills, and the mechanical skills you wil learn as you keep your boat afloat.

You will find a very good market for purchasing a boat, but take your time and really chew on the variables before you buy one. Once you select one, you may need to stick with it for a long time.

This forum will save you years of research. Enjoy!
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Old 10-04-2009, 09:35   #6
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Welcome aboard sir, we are glad to have you and don't worry about questions chances are someone else has the same one, and you may find that what you think is a silly question is actually a very good one, so ask away.
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