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Old 07-23-2014, 10:39 AM   #1
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And So It Begins

Greetings All,
I just joined up today. I am 6 years from my 2ed retirement. 1st was 20 years in Uncle Sam's canoe club. The wife and I have a plan to sell the house and downsize. We want to start the process of getting a boat to cruse the ICWW and do the loop. I told her about living on a boat, at least my experiences with it. But she is really excited to do this. We are newbees at this although I have worked around large boats and ships for a good part of my life. I will be asking lots of questions. And using the "search" function. Wish us luck in our endeavor. We will need it. Lots to learn over the next few years starting with Trawler Fest in Baltimore in Sep.

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Old 07-23-2014, 11:10 AM   #2
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Old 07-23-2014, 11:25 AM   #3
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Trawler Fest Baltimore is a good place to launch, and there are gobs of great boats on and around the Chesepeake. Wonderful cruising grounds too.

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Old 07-23-2014, 01:58 PM   #4
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Old 07-23-2014, 02:00 PM   #5
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Welcome!
This forum has been a great resource many people, including myself. Best of luck to you!
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Welcome Tom. Have fun planning and getting ready. I have 76 Mondays to go for my 2nd retirement too. Thanks for your service.
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You need to start chartering different boats and sizes of boats to get a real feel for what you need in a boat.
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Old 07-23-2014, 05:55 PM   #9
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Welcome Tom,
Years of experience on the big boys sure helps.
I have been at sea nearly all my life (Merchant Marine) as you guys call it.
All ways had fishing boats, small , then one day decided to build the boat I wanted. That was 20 years ago.
Still have the same boat but over the years it has evolved as my needs changed.
A boat is never a completed project.
After a while you will know what suits you , then go for it.
Enjoy the experience and soak up the knowledge from on the forum.
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Thanks for the warm welcome and the advice. The plan is to look and learn all I can from as many sources as I can find. thanks again.

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Greetings from SJ. I agree with chartering a 32-36 ft trawler to help figure out what you want. The Chesapeake Bay is a great place to start and close to home.
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Old 07-24-2014, 01:42 PM   #12
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We are looking into the charter thing. I like the Idea of a combined charter and training that Blue Goose does down in Baltimore. High Wire do you know of any charter / training outfits in south Jersey?
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We are looking into the charter thing. I like the Idea of a combined charter and training that Blue Goose does down in Baltimore. High Wire do you know of any charter / training outfits in south Jersey?
There's no charters that I know of in SJ. There are very few trawlers here either.
As far as training goes, what is your small boat experience? Before paying for hands on training, have you attended any basic safe boating courses? Advance courses? NJ requires completion of a proctored test for a Boating Safety Certificate which is required for NJ residents to operate a powerboat in NJ. It makes sense to get the classroom training done first. US Coast Guard Auxiliary and US Power Squadrons offer classroom training everywhere. BOAT/US Boating Safety Courseline http://www.boatus.com/courseline/ will help you find courses near you.
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That is the exact information I need. I was not sure where to start. Thank you so much.
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See also: Boating safety certificate

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There's no charters that I know of in SJ. There are very few trawlers here either.
As far as training goes, what is your small boat experience? Before paying for hands on training, have you attended any basic safe boating courses? Advance courses? NJ requires completion of a proctored test for a Boating Safety Certificate which is required for NJ residents to operate a powerboat in NJ. It makes sense to get the classroom training done first. US Coast Guard Auxiliary and US Power Squadrons offer classroom training everywhere. BOAT/US Boating Safety Courseline Courseline - Foundation - BoatUS will help you find courses near you.


I noticed course time is 900.Is that 900 hours?Seems a bit much.
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I noticed course time is 900.Is that 900 hours?Seems a bit much.
Which course? It must be a typo.
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Which course? It must be a typo.

OrganizationUSCG Auxiliary - CloverCourse TypeBoating Safety Courses (NASBLA and/or State approved)Course TitleAbout Boating SafelyCourse LocationRiver Hills Marina 54 Marina Dr Lake Wylie -- River Hills Clover, SC 29710Course Date8/16/2014Course Time900Course Cost$35Classes1ContactFred ThompsonRick Croasdale

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I think they mean 9:00am starting time.
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