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Old 10-19-2015, 02:39 AM   #1
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Hi Forum,
Wanted to introduce myself to this forum of what must be a lot of potential friends. To start with I'm Dutch and live in the Netherlands. I guess most members are US-based. I'm married to Belinda and have two older children that are just "off the payroll". I come from a long boating background. My grandfather was a bargeman (under sail) and my father captain on coasters. Since 1961 when I was born we have had "something afloat". I'm a bit of a speedfreak. Into car racing and (very) fast cars. Also our boats have been fast, planing power boats...up to this year when we bought a Selene 53 (I like the main forum picture above ). We have more time now and want to live on board for months while doing extensive cruising in Europe (we already did that with our last Giorgi/Pershing 46, but just for a few weeks). We did our first extended cruise this summer (England, France, Channel Islands) and are getting used to the fact that 100 nm takes you all day We are now prepping the boat for a 5 months cruise as of April to Denmark, Sweden and Norway. Happy to be on board! Andre
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Old 10-19-2015, 03:39 AM   #2
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Andre,

Welcome aboard, you certainly have a nice vessel, I guy I know here in Aus has a new 66 Selene, and previous to that he had a 59 , both are great vessels and very capable indeed.

Enjoy the slow , mostly soft cruise, make a coffee, do some reading, beats the hec out of being on a planning vessel in rough conditions, a bit like the Hare and Tortise, at least you know you will get there in style.

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Old 10-19-2015, 06:40 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forum Andre! Enjoy your new boat.

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Old 10-19-2015, 06:49 AM   #4
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Thanks for the quick and warm welcome guys!
I have to admit that in our backyard (we live on the waterfront) next to the Selene there is a classic 1963 Riva...so when the slow going is getting to me I just take that out for a blast...nothing beats the roar of a big old V8

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Old 10-19-2015, 07:45 AM   #5
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Greetings,
Welcome aboard. "...prepping the boat for a 5 months cruise as of April..." Got a spare cabin?
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Old 10-19-2015, 09:13 AM   #6
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That totally depends on your sex, age and looks Firefly
...oh crap, my wife is also reading this...

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Old 10-19-2015, 09:35 AM   #7
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Welcome!

You're living the dream. Hope you check in and post up on your Scandinavian trip. I would love to cruise that part of the world in ten or so years. Spent a long summer as a kid getting tossed around relative to relative in Denmark, and would love to go back. In the meantime, I can live vicariously through trips like yours.
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Hi from Canada's west coast, and welcome aboard
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Old 10-19-2015, 09:51 AM   #9
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That reminds me. I had intended to start a thread asking who we all thought was the wealthiest member on here.

Guess its moot now!
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Greetings,
Mr. M. "...the wealthiest member...". Dollar-wise it doesn't really matter does it? Doesn't to me anyway. I think we're ALL rich in that we all have an affinity to that liquid medium that covers 70% of the planet.
Mr. AH. "...sex, age and looks Firefly...". Nope, not going there.

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Welcome! When I was working our company had an office in Lelystad, I visited there several times. Congratulations on the Selene!
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Old 10-20-2015, 02:05 AM   #12
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Nice one RTF! The name of my previous boat is Warp11 ...so very appropriate
Steve: I hope you did not get the impression Lelystad is a good example of the Netherlands...it is considered a dump. I actually live quite close to Lelystad in Lemmer which is a quiant old fishing village on the coast of the former 'Zuiderzee".
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Welcome to a very knowledgeable and friendly group, just don't mention anchors. You'll enjoy the comments. Ga maar lekker varen.
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Old 10-22-2015, 10:42 AM   #14
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Welcome to a very knowledgeable and friendly group, just don't mention anchors. You'll enjoy the comments. Ga maar lekker varen.
Ah a fellow Dutchman! Always amazing that you cannot go anywhere without bumping into one

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Andre,

Welcome aboard, and to your new boat, congrats! Nice cruising area your headed for!
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