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Old 04-02-2021, 09:45 AM   #1
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Am I in the right place?

I have a bunch of money I need to get rid of and a penchant for buying things I don't really need, I think a trawler may be just the thing for me.

I've read enough here in the last few weeks to see that it is, and will be, a great resource as I look to acquire a boat for retirement in 6-8 years. Maybe someday I can contribute something useful as well.
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Old 04-02-2021, 10:11 AM   #2
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Mr. SD. Welcome aboard. There are many here on TF who will be glad to help you spend your bunch of money. How silly do you REALLY want to get?

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Old 04-02-2021, 10:27 AM   #3
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Welcome aboard TF.
As RTF said many here that can help you empty your pockets or any spare $.
A good place to start is Boat Search 101

Also its never too early to begin some learning / training. Americas Boating Club (FKA US Sail & Power Squadrons) has many chapters and offers beginner and advanced courses on a wide variety of topics related to boating.
In the time before you retire and purchase your own you might consider chartering as a way to learn not only boating skills but what you like / dislike on various boats. Plus you get enjoyable vacations in the interim.
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Old 04-02-2021, 11:33 AM   #4
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I've owned and operated little boats on inland waters for decades, and owned a 21ft Manatee fiberglass that I used on Long Island for a number of years. So, I have some experience with inlets and docking in coastal areas but no where near enough. Over the next few years I plan on taking some boating, safety, and captain courses as well as buying a 30ish foot trawler/tug/cruiser that I will start using on the Great Lakes and furthering my skills. With the dream of buying a 40ish footer and doing some some Alaskan and Caribbean cruising in the future. The master of coin has said she thinks she would like living on a boat, so full speed ahead.
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Old 04-02-2021, 11:37 AM   #5
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Old 04-02-2021, 11:45 AM   #6
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Welcome aboard. Sounds like a plan.
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