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Old 01-10-2016, 10:31 AM   #1
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Hello, I've been lurking for years here and on Cruisers Forum, but never introduced myself. I'll be more active now that we're getting closer to living the dream.

My husband and I plan to spend most of our retirement years coastal cruising in the east coast (think snowbirds) and doing the Great Loop.

We currently boat in the mid/upper Chesapeake Bay with our 28' SeaRay Sundeck and are in the market for a trawler. Wish us luck!

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Old 01-10-2016, 10:59 AM   #2
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Welcome to the Forum. And undoubtedly you are one of the few who will pick up on my avatar picture. :-)
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Old 01-10-2016, 12:32 PM   #3
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Wifey B: Definitely like messing about in boats....

Good luck in your search. Actually you're in a great place to search and judge too as typically a boat that's nice for the Chesapeake and all it's areas will then be great for the coast and the loop. Within the Chesapeake you have many different types of conditions and boating.

P.S. We love Annapolis and all the nearby area.
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The Chesapeake Bay is a great place to boat (except in the winter). We are originally from MD and my wife's sister lives just off the Magothy River. We cruised the Chesapeake Bay in 2014 and plan to head there again this spring/summer.


Good luck in your search for a trawler. As long as you are happy going slow, I think you will love it.
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Old 01-10-2016, 01:37 PM   #5
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Welcome to the Forum. And undoubtedly you are one of the few who will pick up on my avatar picture. :-)
Yes! I've admired your avatar picture several times!
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Welcome to the forum River Rat! I'm just South of you in Crisfield, MD. Based out of Somers Cove in the Summer and Fort Myers, FL in the Winter. Will be heading off on The Great Loop in 2017. Looking forward to cruising the Chesepeake this Summer.

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Wifey B: We came from the world of runabouts like your Sea Ray as we boated on a lake prior to 2012. While there are certainly differences on a larger boat or trawler type boat, you'll have no problem making the transition. You probably have a lot of hours on the water or "sea days" and are ahead of most starting out in a trawler type.
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Thanks everyone for the kind welcome.

WifeyB, our other boat is a pontoon boat. :-) We love putt putt putting along.
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Thanks everyone for the kind welcome.

WifeyB, our other boat is a pontoon boat. :-) We love putt putt putting along.
Wifey B: Only putt putting I do is the miniature golf kind.
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