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Old 11-12-2015, 01:42 AM   #1
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Greetings my fellow boaters. Happy to have found such an organized and established forum to share my thoughts and frustration during the caretaking of our latest ward, a 1986 47 Sea Ranger named "Panacea".

I've been a lifelong, diehard sailor and live aboard since the 70's and have cared for six different vessels ranging from 30 to 40 ft, built of glass and or of wood. During the early 90's a back injury had me moving to a CHB trawler which we enjoyed much to our surprise. As my back improved, I went back to a heavy displacement cruising sailboat and planning a trip to the south seas. About 12 months before cutting the cords to leave on my lifelong dream, fate, once again steps in and deals me a wild card of stage four prostate cancer and threatens to take me away from my beloved Water world life. "Over my dead body" I bellowed, and with the help of modern science and the love and support of family and friends, we have managed to beat that cancer back into remission, enough to stay on the water. I was told that crossing oceans would no longer be wise, especially single handing, due to the amount physical demands one encounters at sea, but nothing was ever said about a powerboat and coastal cruising.

So once again this sailor is morphing into a dedicated stinkpotter, and quite happy for the change. Memories of cruising the islands in my pajamas, staying toasty warm on a chilly night crossing and enough room to swing a dead cat, ( not that I would ever harm an animal.) has made the compromise quite pleasant.

I'm very happy to still be on water. Very happy to have a beautiful boat and thrilled as punch to find a group of folks as crazy about boating as I.

So looking forward to meeting you all and sharing together our love of this most enjoyable lifestyle.

.....still keeping the slippery side down.
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Welcome to the forum! Congratulations on your new boat and a final crossing to the dark side of boating. Sooner or later all you rag haulers see the light.

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"Oh Lord, have mercy on my soul - I went cruising in a Powerboat and LIKED it!"

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Old 11-12-2015, 12:16 PM   #7
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Love the cartoon, Ted, and as far as seeing the light, ironically Passagemaker published a letter I wrote in, titled; "I have seen the light.". In which I praise the newly found comforts of going slow in a trawler. Over time I was lured back to the thrill of sailing in winds that made the sails hum with power. I found the sailing I liked, best, was when it required the most amount of physical endurance, and like the saying goes; I would have taken better care of myself had I known I was going to last this long. lol. Thanks for the warm welcome. It feel good to be here.
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Old 11-12-2015, 12:27 PM   #8
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Thanks Guys,

What a nice welcome you guys offer. What a stroke of luck finding this group. The wealth of information this group has to offer is priceless. Being that I'm not too familiar with those chucks of iron sitting under this floor, I'll be here often picking the brains of some of you out there.
Thanks again for the welcome.
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swing a dead cat, ( not that I would ever harm an animal.)

You're not going to hurt it, it's already dead!! lol

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swing a dead cat, ( not that I would ever harm an animal.)

You're not going to hurt it, it's already dead!! lol

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Well, I like my cats fresh, not frozen. Think of it like a Maine lobster.


Just kidding...I like cats, they taste just like frog legs.
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Never tried frog legs, but did try large cat (cougar) once.
It was good.
That's the only cat I knowingly ate,(Think Chinese or Eastern European).

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Welcome to this site .... from another newbie!

Now that you have come over, when you are in a marina at night, does it piss you off that those blow-boaters never tie down their halyards? Just kidding.
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