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Old 11-20-2014, 01:50 AM   #1
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is it time for another "Who We Are" thread

Just sayin it's been awhile, right?
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Old 11-20-2014, 01:56 AM   #2
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So, who are you? (From one well documented.)
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Old 11-20-2014, 04:22 AM   #3
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Old 11-20-2014, 06:45 AM   #4
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Got a link to the last one? (Can't find it using advanced search...)
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Old 11-20-2014, 06:54 AM   #5
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Old 11-20-2014, 07:29 AM   #6
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Old 11-20-2014, 07:54 AM   #7
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Old 11-20-2014, 08:21 AM   #8
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Ok, ok I'll start. No pilot here- and my dad wasn't a shipwright that passed down years of knowledge to me. He was a millwright. But since I was a kid I loved being ON the water. I'm 55 and my first "big" boat was a Weekender 2100 with a Cuddy cabin I purchased from a buddy. Turned out the transom had a rotten core from water intrusion- so I pulled the engine/ out drive, removed the failed plywood from the inside and talked with the pros for advice before a successful rebuild. Soon after, I got an early model handheld Magellan GPS, used my laptop to install some waypoints and afterwards we would launch this girl on the east end of lake Ponchatrain and make runs through the Rigolets to spend the day at Cat Island. About 40-50 mile run. 3 mpg's, 25 gallon tank. We would run to a Marina in Bay St Louis Mississippi for get home fuel😎. A couple of years of this and the Louisiana river systems and we then moved up to a nice used 2859 Bayliner. She sank at a Marina in Bay St. Louis during Katrina- and soon after we purchased our Sundeck in Kemah Texas. Baker and crew had started Trawler Forum pretty soon after that. I got to visit with he and Keith during the time our boat was being kept in Kemah. Other influences/ advise provided by the likes of Charles Colatta and Steve Willet keep me working and dreaming of our future and the age where the Admiral and I can start putting some major nautical miles under the keel! Boat has been in Gulfport for about two years now.
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Old 11-20-2014, 09:30 AM   #9
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Thank you.

Husband, father, artist, and being a mailman pays the bills. Came to boating only recently (two years ago) after my wife got t-boned in the drivers side door of her Honda Civic by a Dodge Ram pickup. That meant sea kayaking was no longer doable, the rules to the game of Life got changed, and to enjoy BC's north coast we had to buy a boat, which we both love.

Some of what I've been up to recently;

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Old 11-20-2014, 10:05 AM   #10
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As Bob Dylan said, "I can't help it if I'm lucky..." I grew up on th east coast and married my trophy wife 42 years ago. Times being what they were and not college material I joined the Air Force. Learned electronics in the service and after discharge made a career of it. Now I'm the international service manager for a major (scientific) instrument manufacturer. Summers during my misspent youth were spent at a cousins home in Belmar on the Jersey shore. My dad loved fishing so I spent some time around boats back then. Fast forward to 1985 we moved to the Northwest, we decided it would be a great idea to buy a San Juan 23 sailboat. (We just sold this year, btw). While living in England in 2011 we got the bug to buy a stink-pot. In 2012 we brought The Promise from SF Bay on her own bottom to Seattle. We hope to retire in the Islands somewhere north of here in a few more years. Thinking of becomming a dental floss tycoon.

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Old 11-20-2014, 10:08 AM   #11
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No sea faring family here either.
Grew up in the Kootenays of western Canada exploring lakes & rivers by raft, tire tubes, home built canoes & or whatever floated.
Moved to Australia and was introduced to the ocean. I fell in love. Progressed to a 30 year old plywood fishing boat and a Hobie 16.
Back to Canada and had a trailer sailer on Kootenay Lake, then bought a half share in a 1940's 36 ft wooden hulled forestry boat. It sunk a 3 weeks later.
Back to South Australia and bought my current boat, and I've managed to keep her afloat so far.
Working a 4 weeks on / 4 weeks off rotation gives me 6 months off each year to enjoy getting out on the water & do the maintenance required with an older boat.
Life is good.
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Old 11-20-2014, 10:32 AM   #12
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Old 11-20-2014, 10:36 AM   #13
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-31 year old SWM (that's single white male for those of you not into Craigslist personals)
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-Traveled US and Canada for a year doing construction software training
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-Always involved in offroad motorsports, built a couple of trucks, yada yada yada
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Old 11-20-2014, 11:40 AM   #14
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Northwest native, grew up on the water. Dad got us (5 kids) all on the water before we could walk. I'm lucky he did not have the no kids policy. Started in a 27' Youngquist Viking (built in Tacoma, I believe) then 31' Trojan, then 36' Trojan which I took over the care and feeding of. When he passed we sold it and I dabbled in smaller boats for a while, chartering bigger boats on occasion. Bought the current boat (38' OA) 8 years ago and spend most of my cruising time in the San Juans, Gulf Islands and points further North. Currently living aboard while remodeling a junker house that I will be moving my recently divorced a$$ into. 2 kids, the boy loves the water as much as his old man and Grampa did, the daughter, not so much. Been a General Contractor for 20 years or so.
Current flotilla, 38 Ocean Alex, 14' Aluminum fishing skiff with 15 hp. 13' inflatable with 40 hp, 10' Zodiac, 17' Sea Kayak I built, 12' fiberglass Columbia skiff which may or may not still be on the beach at our cabin on Whidbey after the current storms.
Long term plan is to live aboard full time after the kids are off to college. Will be something in the 55-60' range.
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Old 11-20-2014, 11:42 AM   #15
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New to this forum but not to boating...
My dad got me started at 5 years old....Spent most every weekend and summers, for most of my life, on the Chesapeake. Boating and working in Marina's in the summer. I've owned a series of Sailboats, the most recent a Bristol 35.5 that we based out of the Mid Bay at Rock Hall. Corporate move back in '98 forced the sale (21+ Years with the Honda Motorcycle Division, 25 years in the M/C industry, a few years as a High School counselor. A Few years in the boating industry too). I've missed it and the sanity boating brings me ever since. On and off the water a bit with various small boats but Nothing in quite a few years.
Kid's grown and my Wife and I decided some retirement cruising would be a pleasant past time and get us back on the water. Wife just retired, and I've been self employed for 10 years building VW and Audi performance parts in my garage. A Small, Lower effort trawler fit the bill for us. We're 25 miles from (little) Washington on the Pamlico, so easy access North and South for future cruising. Look for us on the Chesapeake this summer... We are really looking forward to it.

Oh, Forgot...I better buy a boat! . Closing on the Cape Dory 28 tomorrow.
See you out there!
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Old 11-20-2014, 11:49 AM   #16
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I'm another who didn't grow up in a boating family. We did have a cottage on Lake Huron where I spent my summers and that's where my boating interest started.

At age 6-7 I had a 9' rowboat that I spent many summer days in. At age 9-10 I got a 7.5hp Evinrude and thought I was king of the hill (waters???). Sailfish boats were popular around there so around age 11-12 I got an old, home built, wooden (HEAVY!) Sailfish and used that for several years.

I left home at 15 and that ended my boating for many years. I finished high school, went to college then joined the USAF in 1969 to avoid being drafted. I worked on electronics equipment but didn't really like it an didn't want it to be my career.

I got out of the USAF in 1976 and became a cop. I worked at that job for 15 years and quit to become a business manager in a corp that employed about 200 people. That was when I renewed my boating interest and bought a 20' Reinell bowrider in 1991.

I kept that boat for 11 years and in 2002 I bought a 1996 Sea Ray 330 Sundancer. It was my first "big boat" and I loved it. In 2006 I was hit one night by a BUI and my beloved 330 was totaled. I liked that boat so much I found another just like it and bought it.

In 2010 I wanted something bigger that had a flybridge. After a long search I found our Sea Ray 550 Sedan Bridge in, of all places, the Detroit area. After two trips east, two sea trials, two surveys and 3 months of negotiating I bought her and had her shipped from Detroit to Portland, OR. A boat yard in Portland reassembled her and added some additional equipment I wanted.

We picked her up on August 1, 2010 and have been enjoying her ever since. We put about 100-125 hours a year on her with much of that time spent cruising short distances to places where we spend weekends on board.

Now, as I approach my late 60's I figure I have one more long trip planned to Canadian waters and at least 10 more years of boating left in me.
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Old 11-20-2014, 12:06 PM   #17
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I am not sure what is wrong with me that I keep coming back to this site. I do so between using and maintaining two boats my old body at a gym and trying to keep my daughter and wife from going too extreme on setting up a new house we bought. People our age should be moving into a retirement community and selling their boats. Bucking the wind and current as always.
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Old 11-21-2014, 01:25 PM   #18
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Old 11-21-2014, 02:59 PM   #19
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Old 11-21-2014, 03:32 PM   #20
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I say I grew up in St. Petersburg ( moved there when I was 9)

Started boating when I was 8 Mississippi river and TVA lakes

our house in St pete was on a wide canal 3 houses from Tampa bay end of the dock at low tide had 9 feet of water

I was a member of the St Pete Jr yacht club and the sailing squadron

Right after High school went to the University of South Florida for 1 year

Then into the AirForce survival instructor was stationed at the jungle school in Panama

When I got out of active duty went into the Florida Air Guard at Macdill

went back to USF engineering school and went to work for a engineering firm in Clearwater

Some how along the way I got into construction and development for about 18 years

For the past 11 years my main income has been investing in small private companies that are going public

we became empty nesters a few years back and earlier this year we finally got our first larger boat

we are having a blast with it cruising and meeting some great people along the way
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