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Old 14-04-2010, 07:28   #1
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Singlehanded Sailing Looper from Arkansas

I've used this forum so many times for information that I thought I ought to join.

I am the proud owner of a British built 24' 1967 Penryn sloop named "Waltzing Matilda". I am new to sailing, (I didn't know how to sail when I started this voyage) and thought that doing the great loop would be a good way to learn about boats larger than canoes and kayaks. I launched from Ft. Smith AR 2009-11-22, traveled down the Arkansas River to the Mississippi, 300 miles to the Atchafaylaya River then the ICWW at Morgan City, through New Orleans and Ponchatrain into the Rigolese, across the Mississippi Sound and ICWW to Apalachacola, across the Gulf to Tarpon Springs, I am currently at anchor in St Petersburg FL, I've used a total of 30 gallons of fuel and ripped my Genoa twice but I figured out how to sail (it aint rocket science).

My vessel is very simple, no fancy things like auto pilot, refrigeration, standing room, just the bare minimum to survive, I do have a handheld GPS and run OpenCPN but only to check my position or look for shoals. I've noticed that most cruisers are much older than me, I'm 34 and really enjoy the cruising lifestyle.

I stop and work at marinas when I run out of money, I make friends at local watering holes to get showers, my little dog is very good at attracting nice folks.

While I am here in St Pete I am going to try to find the former owner(s) of my vessel, I know that she was in this area as recently as 1995, I know that somebody had named her "Truna" although she was un-named when I aquired her. If any locasl know of someone who used to have a great little Robert Tucker designed sailboat with a single cylinder Sabb inboard get them to read this post.
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Old 14-04-2010, 19:51   #2
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Sound like an awesome adventure to be sure, thanks for sharing that. Did ya take any photos along the way? Would enjoying seeing all that. Greeting from Memphis!
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Old 14-04-2010, 20:28   #3
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Just left that area wish we could have chatted.marc
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Old 15-04-2010, 09:06   #4
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Pictures of the adventures

I've got a google image hosting site going as well as a blog at
Picasa Web Albums - Waltzing Matilda

if I could only get my GPS to talk to my OpenCPN
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Old 15-04-2010, 19:26   #5
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Let me know if you're through Ocean Springs again and I'll supply a shower and a dinner for some stories.
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Old 15-04-2010, 21:12   #6
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Welcome to the forum great blog, happy adventures to ya.
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Old 15-04-2010, 21:33   #7
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Hi Nat!
I am one of the many that you met along the way. We are in the Pelicans Perch Marina in Pensacola.
Glad to hear you are still going strong!

We miss you! and your little dog too!
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Old 21-04-2010, 10:57   #8
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
Good to have you here. You've got quite an adventure going there.
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Old 25-04-2010, 11:06   #9
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Well done on the trip so far - sounds like you've got the bug.
Enjoy and keep us all posted.
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