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Old 02-25-2014, 09:59 PM   #21
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Read this and remember
The Ocean Roar


A small boy heard the ocean roar,
There are secrets on my distant shore,
But beware my child, the ships bellís wail,
Wait not to long to start to sail.
So quickly come and go the years,
And a young adult stands abeach with fears,
Come on, Come on the ocean cussed,
Time passes on. Oh sail you must.
Now its business in mid-aged prime,
And maybe tomorrow there will be time,
Now is too soon, its raining today,
Gone all gone-years are eaten away.
An old man looks, still feeling the lure,
Yet heíll suffer the pain, than go for the cure,
The hair is white, the steps with care,
The tide has turned, he is aware.
So all too soon the secrets are buried,
Along with him and all regrets he carried,
And itís not for the loss of secrets he cried,
But rather because heíd never tried.
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Old 02-26-2014, 01:11 AM   #22
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Circumnavigation!
Hawaii in November, then south through the Line Islands to Marquises.
,,,continue heading west.
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Old 02-26-2014, 01:36 AM   #23
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What a wonderful thread!

We've seen people post about basically cruising in their back yard on one hand, and people that are circumnavigating on the other.

The big thing is, that whatever your dreams are, they are your dreams. We all get this one life, and I hope we all get to live our dreams.

Trawler fourm is part of the preparation phase.
Getting a boat that will allow those dreams, getting it outfitted, and preparing to set forth.
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Old 02-26-2014, 02:12 AM   #24
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bring on retirement!

I'm planning on selling my house at retirement (7 years) and buying a trawler (or troller) then explore the inside passage extensively. Maybe even a trip down to Mexico? Until then, I still get to have fun on my little Bayliner 2452.
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Old 02-26-2014, 02:27 AM   #25
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PS-had something similar to that happen years ago. We lived on the Shallotte River, about 1/2 mile inland from the ICW at Shallotte Point, NC. This was in the early 80's. At that time, shrimpers were getting paid around $25K to bring in a load of pot from an offshore ship to be offloaded. One night we were sitting on our deck over our dock and suddenly two choppers came out of nowhere with super bright lights. We could see two Whalers chasing several small boats. Turns out is was a DEA bust on the other side of the river. the tide was coming in and 52 bales of pot washed up in front of out house in about an hour! 50 Lb bales! About three minutes later, one of the Whalers came flying across with 4 DEA guys, no humor in those guys at all. They had to borrow a truck from my neighbor to get the pot back over to the other side. Unfortunately, they got there before we could snatch a bale!

The funny part was that about 3 months later, my neighbor pulled up a big brick of hashish in his shrimp net!

That bust led in part to our County Sheriff being a guest of the Feds for 6 years.
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Old 02-26-2014, 02:33 AM   #26
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As to the cruising thing, we have about 31/2 more years to spend cruising the PNW while our daughter finishes high school. Once she is off to college, we will make our way down the West coast, through the canal to the Caribbean and the East Coast. Our eventual goal is to do an Atlantic crossing and spend a year or two in Europe and the Med. But as they say, "Best laid plans ...." and all that. We may not make it any further than Port Townsend!
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Old 02-26-2014, 05:15 AM   #27
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Old 02-26-2014, 06:02 AM   #28
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My cruising dream is to follow a drug runner headed north that's chucking duffle bags of cash overboard so the federales don't catch him and I'm right behind him with a fishing net scooping up enough to buy whatever I want....
That could only come from a CG guy. Can I be your second mate, we'll split 40/60?
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Old 02-26-2014, 06:05 AM   #29
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Our eventual goal is to do an Atlantic crossing and spend a year or two in Europe and the Med.

Which sailboat are you looking for ?
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Old 02-26-2014, 06:43 AM   #30
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I have a few cruising dreams (I'm a 'contingency planner' type that usually has plans A-Z in the hopper)...

I dream about pulling into the marina in Dingle, Ireland fresh from an Atlantic crossing and walking across the street into a pub to have a fresh pint of Guinness. (Too specific? I realize I Probably wouldn't have to venture that far north to achieve the same effect!). Once that pint is done and I've got some pics of my boat I front of the cliffs of Moher, we would high tail it for warm weather and cheap beer on the coast of Turkey!

I dream about taking my girls (Admiral, 3yr old, 3wk old) on a long term ICW adventure (when the little ones are a little less little of course)... Summers waaay up north (Maine or Great Lakes) and winters waaay down south (Bahamas or Central America).

For you left coasters, I also dream about winters in Baja or Costa Rica and summers in the San Juans or Inside Passage. I have a variation on this one where I've hung up my executive hat to teach school in the Seattle area so we could liveaboard year round and spend summers on the Inside Passage.

And who doesn't have a South Pacific dream? I could go on and on (and I have a different boat picked out for each dream).

What am I doing about it? Well I am squarely in the research phase. Next phase is some charter vacations to get the Admiral on board. The goal is to be able to cast off sooner rather than later (shooting for mid 50s) but making sure I can take care of my family. I have 5 years left of dodging RIFs and cuts in the Air National Guard and about 10-15 left in corporate America (I'm in my late 30s). Now before you say I'm putting it off too far (which I couldn't disagree with) also know as an engineer, program manager, and military planner..... There's a spreadsheet. I build a spreadsheet for everything - but this one is a plan (to include many many different off ramps and contingencies - we call them branch and sequel plans in the military) so that all these moving parts are laid out to analyze. It's super nerdy!

Forgot to mention.... Another great thread KS! (This was broken up into paragraphs when I typed it, I swear!)
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For the next couple of years it will be up and down the ICW from Fort Myers to Chesapeake bay. Hopefully 2016 up the Hudson river through lake Champlain to the St. Lawrence and back. Would like to do the Great Loop in 2017. Last one I'm thinking about is the East Coast from Moose Island ME to South Padre Island TX.

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For the next couple of years it will be up and down the ICW from Fort Myers to Chesapeake bay.

Stop by on your way East , we are just off the ditch East of the Ortona Lock.

120-240 Electric , table saw . drill press and 6x48 belt sanding table.
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For the next couple of years it will be up and down the ICW from Fort Myers to Chesapeake bay.

Stop by on your way East , we are just off the ditch East of the Ortona Lock.

120-240 Electric , table saw . drill press and 6x48 belt sanding table.
Sounds great! Should be heading up around the 1st of April.

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Old 02-26-2014, 11:20 AM   #34
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My dream ... for starters ...

Fathom 40, or
American Tug 395, or
Nordic Tug 37/39.

Then ... I will tell you the rest ...
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Old 02-26-2014, 11:55 AM   #35
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This summer Jill and I will visit Princess Louisa and Desolation Sound. Until then we will be cruising the San Juans and Puget Sound.
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Old 02-26-2014, 12:41 PM   #36
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Next spring I plan a trip from Prince William Sound down to Vancover and back.

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FF-not looking for a sailboat, wouldn't have one. Longest run is about 1,800 miles. Our 3,500 mile range @ 7 knots will get us there comfortably. But, like I said, who knows with long range plans?
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Old 02-26-2014, 02:05 PM   #38
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Well...

I'm digging out the shrimp pots in the next few weeks.

Nothing like fresh caught Alaska shrimp on the barbi

Man you suck!!!

These over an open fire with galic butter and beer batter halbut and I would be satisfied! Man I miss PWS.....
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Next spring I plan a trip from Prince William Sound down to Vancover and back.

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People do not realize this, but the open ocean part of your journey is the longest open ocean journey necessary in North America.

210 NM from Hinchenbrook entrance to Yakutat bay.

260 nm from fuel in Whittier, ak to fuel in Yakutat.

There are a couple of longer or equal spots between fuel, namely along the baja coast, but there are places to hole up and anchor off along the way, so that doesn't count.
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Man you suck!!!

These over an open fire with galic butter and beer batter halbut and I would be satisfied! Man I miss PWS.....
Yep, I did that just for you.

But, you can boat year round. Remember Alaska? I haven't even been to my boat for 5 months.

I'm going down in mid march to dewinterize ready or not. I'll just leave the furnace on if I have to.
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