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Old 10-24-2012, 01:21 PM   #21
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There are many who don't really want to go, but enjoy talking about wanting to go.
That sounds like me. Not quite sure if I really really want to and/or for how long. We have the boat and in a couple of years the time. It will be nice not having to return to the same dock/area and/or be on a time schedule. We have discussed having an RV, trailer a boat and use the ferry system.

So if we had to start over it would be a motor home, and trailer boat under 30 ft.
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Old 10-24-2012, 02:35 PM   #22
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Any thoughts/experience/opinions on these Linssen boats? Seems like the low air draft that is required in Europe might be handy on the Loop as well?

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Any thoughts/experience/opinions on these EndeavourCat power boats?

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Seems like they'd be great Loop boats as well.
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Old 10-24-2012, 08:05 PM   #24
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It's been my dream since I joined the Navy to retire then cruise. I'm slowly getting there I have the boat that I want, a wife who is just as willing as me and a job that allows for the time, the ability to live anywhere and finances to make it happen. I'm in my early 40's but am on the right track. I wanted to do this as soon as I retired from the Navy but as we all got hit in '08 it left me a little short. The issue I have now is my 2 homes in Florida; I couldn't give them away let alone sell them so I shifted gears and will wait a few more years until I can at least sell one of them. after that we are GONE. I am only willing to wait two more years though. I don't want to wait until I'm 60 finally head out and relise it's not what I really want or I am unable to at 60 or don't make it to 60 as I still deploy and work in Afghanistan, nothing is guaranteed over here, so my timeline is short. Last year when my wife and I bought the Californian and sold our 32 bayliner we looked at each other and said "No more excuses we now have the boat we've wanted" I never thought we'd get a boat such as this as soon as we did so it made the pull to take off a little stronger. Our last boat was named "Bella Vita",beautiful life; so we named this on "Amar la Vida", living life. No thing to do now but cast off the lines and enjoy!
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It's been my dream since I joined the Navy to retire then cruise. I'm slowly getting there I have the boat that I want, a wife who is just as willing as me and a job that allows for the time, the ability to live anywhere and finances to make it happen. I'm in my early 40's but am on the right track. I wanted to do this as soon as I retired from the Navy but as we all got hit in '08 it left me a little short. The issue I have now is my 2 homes in Florida; I couldn't give them away let alone sell them so I shifted gears and will wait a few more years until I can at least sell one of them. after that we are GONE. I am only willing to wait two more years though. I don't want to wait until I'm 60 finally head out and relise it's not what I really want or I am unable to at 60 or don't make it to 60 as I still deploy and work in Afghanistan, nothing is guaranteed over here, so my timeline is short. Last year when my wife and I bought the Californian and sold our 32 bayliner we looked at each other and said "No more excuses we now have the boat we've wanted" I never thought we'd get a boat such as this as soon as we did so it made the pull to take off a little stronger. Our last boat was named "Bella Vita",beautiful life; so we named this on "Amar la Vida", living life. No thing to do now but cast off the lines and enjoy!
Thank you for your years of service! I hope your upcoming deployment aboard your Californian will be soon and as fulfilling as you imagined on all those previous deployments.
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:28 AM   #26
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I have been aboard a number of Linssen Grand Sturdy boats and they would seem ideal as coastal cruisers.

Very modern "Euro" interiors , so if you like dead trees for every surface ,,,,

REAL !!! Rub rail that can be replaced , and low bridge clearance would be useful in a lot more places than just the one shot loop.

Big problem (for me) is the engine selection, usually Volvo , not a choice I would accept in a high buck boat.
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