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Old 03-09-2020, 08:26 AM   #101
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My Scottish grandmother who lived in FL with my grandfather would say, 'The Canadians would squeeze a nickel till the buffalo shit.' and also, 'The Canadians would come to FL with a shirt and a five dollar bill. They would return to Canada with the same shirt and the same 5 dollar bill.' She was a joy to be around, lots of Catholic jokes even though she was Catholic. She was very short and when she would drive the car, from behind it looked like the car was driverless. She would look under the top of the steering wheel. She would say, it everyone paid attention to where they were going, we would not need review mirrors. LOL She never used the review mirror.
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Old 03-11-2020, 09:33 AM   #102
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Dan I know what you mean about the Scots, it's why they have small sporrans !
When I was in the Army we reckoned the Scots were that tight they wouldn't waste a bullet so the charged with bayonets.
All joking aside there are great bunch and make solid friends you can rely on through thick and thin.
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Dan I know what you mean about the Scots, it's why they have small sporrans !
When I was in the Army we reckoned the Scots were that tight they wouldn't waste a bullet so the charged with bayonets.
All joking aside there are great bunch and make solid friends you can rely on through thick and thin.
I am told, because my mother maiden was Dickson, I can wear a kilt..... Alas, I have grown accustom to wearing underwear so I might be thrown out of the "Kilt wearing club". SHRUG
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I think you'll be safe enough now Dan, I think 99.9% wear underwear now, except for the few AC/DC weirdo's. Having said that I don't go round checking !
I remember watching Scottish recruits forming up to go on parade and the Sergeant Major had a small mirror clipped on the end of his walking stick checking.
The Dickson family name is quite common in Northern Ireland too.
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I think you'll be safe enough now Dan, I think 99.9% wear underwear now, except for the few AC/DC weirdo's. Having said that I don't go round checking !
I remember watching Scottish recruits forming up to go on parade and the Sergeant Major had a small mirror clipped on the end of his walking stick checking.
The Dickson family name is quite common in Northern Ireland too.
I recall seeing a picture of the Queen sitting all prim and proper.... her guard sitting around her, almost like a class picture. Sure enough, front row, near the queen.... man spread, didn't push his kilt down..... Ah yup, displaying all his glory. LOL

This branch of the Dickson ..... great grandfather was a coal merchant in Edinburg.
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Dan it could've been his Sporran dangling !
But the military rigidly stick to the rules on dress, or in his case undress.
I doubt there's even a coal merchant now as the green lobby have gone ott but if you were out in the country they still burn the peat and logs. Makes great toast :-)
I used to boat on Northern Irelands Lough Erne and the local ships Chandlers were Dickson's, nice family and very obliging.
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Dan it could've been his Sporran dangling !
But the military rigidly stick to the rules on dress, or in his case undress.
I doubt there's even a coal merchant now as the green lobby have gone ott but if you were out in the country they still burn the peat and logs. Makes great toast :-)
I used to boat on Northern Irelands Lough Erne and the local ships Chandlers were Dickson's, nice family and very obliging.
This was over 150 years ago.
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dsmangan, great thread. My wife and I are in your same shoes. My advise is to listen to all these guys but make your own decisions. We have similar plans and were guided towards the boats that fit our requirements. We are 4 years out from our dream and we encourage you to continue dreaming and working towards it.

This group has given us great advise and contacts that will assist us with our dream. We hope you achieve yours. Don't let anyone say you can't.

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My wife and I are planning on retiring in a little over 4 years. As of yet we do not have a boat and my boating experience is on lakes. I am currently taking different courses on boating and plan on taking the Captains course for the knowledge. My plans:


1) Get boat about 45 to 60 foot
A) Dual Diesel engines, Inboard
B) Generator (Diesel) large enough to run all boats electrical when needed
C) 2 State rooms (teenage daughter will be going with us)
D) Fly Bridge (Looking at Hatteras type of boats)
E) Wife likes the older wooden boats, I like more modern

2) Trips planned
A) Alaska
B) Panama Canal
C) Bahamas
D) Lake Superior (More kids live here)
E) Having fun until health says to stop. Hopefully 3 to 5 years from start.


Any help or advise is greatly appreciated. I am trying to do my research now so we can relax and enjoy later. Broad question I know, that is how much I need to learn, please help me.
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Hello Willin and welcome to Trawler Forum.
Buying a boat can be many things to many people and the type of boat depends on several main factors.
1, where do you plan to cruise=hull shape.
2, how long do you plan to cruise=size.
3, what type of person are you ?
The first is pretty straight forward, the second is a factor on your everyday comfort and the 3rd is a can of worms !
Us humans come in many shapes and sizes and mental abilities, (hereditary) upbringing(training) and outlook (education).
Some guys like to be flash speed merchants which means deep pockets and a diminishing bank account. Some are quiet unassuming family men who simply approach their cruising in a calm calculated safe manner.
Others are gadget men who spend all their time tinkering, yet others have no sense at all and are a danger to themselves, their family and others around them.

I'm the first to realise I'm different as being from Ireland I first started cruising on its lakes, rivers and a summer 'holiday' when I took my then boat by truck to the Irish sea so I gained an all round approach to life on the water. I designed and had built my own 38' cabin cruiser and learnt a lot along the way.
I had cabins built for my 2 children and as they grew up and diverged into their own lives I discovered I had 2 unused cabins. Lesson learned, the kids don't necessarily share your enthusiasm when the novelties worn off and testosterone kicks in, so don't make any permanent plans for the kids on board, don't worry if they prefer not to come, the money will keep them in touch.
As well as your day dream planning (don't worry we all do it) when your studying your skippers ticket take in diesel maintenance and meteorology.
In todays instant digital society we get so used to having information 'on tap' but study the weather the old fashioned way. Instead of looking at a screen study the patterns in the sky so you learn an extra 'sense' (it also helps you to choose your winter moorings for comfort).
You have a God given wonderful opportunity in front of you and I wish you every happiness, if I were on your side of the pond I'd be looking at the Hatteras 42 LRC as long (as it could do the great loop).
Now there's a journey that's on my bucket list !
Forgive my rambling on, others who've done as you plan to do with 'local' knowledge will be more objective and helpful. Learn from them.
I wish you the very best of health, happiness and Irish luck to follow your dream, go for it !.
If you you'd like to read of our journeys in Europe if you look on Amazon and search for 'How to Cruise Into Retirement' 'Encore' and Windmills and Wine' by Geoff Woolley it will give you an insight as to how I approached, 'Living my dream'.
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