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Old 04-29-2013, 04:03 AM   #1
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Hello from the PNW

Well, sort of. I am currently stationed in the southern Philippines, but my wife (anniimagoo on this forum) lives in Centralia, WA.

As my retirement gets closer, we are looking more and more at downsizing and simplifying our lives. Twenty-Seven years in the Army is a long time, and I probably have at least two more to go. When our son moves out, we wonít need as big of a house. And the prospect of living on a boat has intrigued us for several years.

Our current boat (Diversion) is good for what itís designed for; multiple things. Itís sort of a crossover in the boating world. A 30 ft Silver Streak Cuddy, it does many things well. But not perfect. It camps OK, with a decent size V berth, small galley and dinette. It fishes OK, with a decent sized cockpit and tons of fish holds. It is a decent dive platform, but the cockpit makes it difficult for more than three divers to get geared up. Living on it for extended periods is doable, but for sanities sake, weíre going to look for something bigger.

Doing substantial research before we make a decision has always been our Modus Operandi. When we first stared looking at trawlers it became apparent that even though we are experienced boaters, we didnít know what we didnít know about living aboard. Just a quick look through this forum proves that point.

We look forward to tapping into the wealth of knowledge on this forum, and apologize in advance for ďnewbieĒ questions I am sure we will have. We will certainly be lurking more than contributing to discussions for a while, as our level of expertise is nowhere near most of you. Though I would be happy to discuss SCUBA diving and tuna fishing techniques at length! ☺
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:47 AM   #2
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Welcome to the zoo! Best thing to do is jump in with both feet and absorb all you can. At the same time, you'll learn to wade between actual data and thread drift

Living aboard is exciting, trying, and a dream come true for us. The major change you'll have to make is a downsizing in "stuff". Once you get over that hurdle, it's all good from there- nothing like getting up and enjoying coffee with the water as your backyard....


As for tuna fishing and SCUBA- bring it!
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:14 AM   #3
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When our son moves out, we wonít need as big of a house. And the prospect of living on a boat has intrigued us for several years.
Hi Jamie,

I think you hit the nail on the head. At some point we all seem to start thinking about a bigger boat and a smaller house. Less time maintaining the house means more time for the boat!

How is life treating you in the Philippines?
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Welcome to TF Diversions. Something that won't break the bank on purchase and operating costs is made almost in your PNW backyard. Aspen Power Catamarans | 28', 32', 36', 48' Cruising Catamaran

Read the reviews, the builder Larry Graf loves to take the boating journalists out in crappy weather and choppy seas to drive home the point that his hull does very well in messy conditions.
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Old 04-29-2013, 12:16 PM   #5
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Hi Jamie,

I think you hit the nail on the head. At some point we all seem to start thinking about a bigger boat and a smaller house. Less time maintaining the house means more time for the boat!

How is life treating you in the Philippines?
Scott- what's up!

(classic thread hijack)
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Scott- what's up!
Hi Pete!

We're headed down to spend a long weekend on the boat, getting her ready for the offshore run North. Hopefully, it won't be all work and no play!
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Indeed- but then again, it's never work when you're on a boat (cough, cough....)

hehehehehehe!
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Old 04-29-2013, 03:35 PM   #8
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Old 04-29-2013, 08:58 PM   #9
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Hi Jamie,

How is life treating you in the Philippines?
Pretty well all things considered! We just had a USO visit from Toby Keith last night. There are some perks!

You and Janet have a safe trip down south. Like Pete said, It's never work when it's on the boat! How soon do you think you'll have her in Puget Sound?

Pete, were you in Westport last year for tuna? I think we were fishing close by one day.

Deckofficer, thanks for the info! I have always wanted a ride on a cat. Some of these are pretty sweet!
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Hi Jaime,

I may get the hang of this yet. I'm thinking I need a fishing picture since you have the boat. We both know who catches more fish. GIRL POWER!
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