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Old 07-28-2020, 12:25 PM   #1
City: Independence, MO
Vessel Name: Amazing Grace
Vessel Model: Carver 406 2000
Join Date: Jul 2020
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Smile Just a quick introduction

We (my wife and I) are new to boats and new to this forum. We purchased a small boat just before Covid-19 came around. We've been living on said small motor yacht (sorry but Not a trawler) since. We're headed SLOWLY up the Atlantic ICW. Just learning the ropes and fixing stuff on the boat that we wanted to change and/or needed repairs.
That's about it. Our boat is a 2000 Carver 406. 43' long with 2 diesel engines.
Boat name is Amazing Grace, Independence, Missouri.
We are both from the mid-west (she's from Dallas / Fort Worth and I'm from Kansas City area) Both retired and enjoying life as much as we can. God's grace (hence our boat's name) has been abundantly bestowed on us.
We're presently located on the boat in Saint Augustine, FL.
She and I, (us)!
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Old 07-28-2020, 01:24 PM   #2
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Welcome aboard - From Godspeed. We are currently on the hard in Little River SC soon to move north to the New Bern area. Stop in an see us when you get up here!
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Old 07-28-2020, 02:08 PM   #3
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Vessel Model: Formula 41PC
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Welcome aboard. You donít have to have a trawler to participate here. Congrats on your new boat.
Boat Nut:
If you are one there is no explanation necessary.
If you arenít one, there is no explanation possible.
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Old 07-28-2020, 02:32 PM   #4
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City: Jacksonville
Vessel Name: SONAS
Vessel Model: Grand Alaskan 53
Join Date: May 2014
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Welcome aboard.

43 feet is not a small boat by any means!

We are just twenty miles on up the AICW from you in the Jacksonville Beach area.
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Old 07-29-2020, 07:07 AM   #5
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City: Ex-Brisbane, (Australia), now Bribie Island, Qld
Vessel Name: Now boatless - sold 6/2018
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Indeed, and welcome to TF, and yes, there is nothing inferior about the Carvers, as well covered in this thread...
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Old 07-29-2020, 08:43 AM   #6
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Vessel Name: Best Alternative
Vessel Model: 36 Albin Aft Cabin
Join Date: Oct 2012
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Welcome Aboard. Your learning curve on a 43 foot Carver will be pretty steep. It is definitely not a small boat. It sounds like you are doing OK though.

Keep in touch

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Old 07-29-2020, 12:22 PM   #7
City: Solomons, MD
Vessel Name: Branwen
Vessel Model: Hatteras 48 LRC
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 645
Welcome! Keep us posted on your progress and the fun you have along the way.

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Old 07-29-2020, 01:40 PM   #8
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City: Southport, FL near Panama City
Vessel Name: FROLIC
Vessel Model: Mainship 30 Pilot II since 2015. GB-42 1986-2015. Former Unlimited Tonnage Master
Join Date: Oct 2007
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Hi and welcome from a SMALL boat. What's your current Mr Fixit project?
Rich Gano
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Old 07-29-2020, 02:15 PM   #9
City: Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island
Vessel Name: Capricorn
Vessel Model: Mariner 30 - Sedan Cruiser 1969
Join Date: Feb 2019
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I think boat sizes at TF skews the understanding of what is big and what is small of boats in North America. I have copied and pasted this bit from a Super Loopers write up:

"How big is a big boat?

If your dreaming of a 50 footer - That's BIG! - You might want to think again
According to USCG statistics - of all the more than 12 plus million pleasure boats registered in the United States, fewer than 1% are 40 feet or
longer. Of those over 40 feet less than 1% (thats 1 in 10,000) of them reach 48 feet.
That alone should tell you something. . .
We get questions about boat size all the time. Amazingly, many have their dreams on 50-foot plus vessels. While we have all heard the phrase
"Bigger is Better", when it comes to cruising "long distance" - bigger has both safe and affordable much smaller limits. When cruising America's
Great Loop, there are also a few maximum size limits & restrictions.
While we all have our "dream boats", very few of us own one. I in fact, have never owned a 'dream boat' or even a brand new boat. Instead, I own
a much smaller, affordable boat. It is the one I live my dream on!

Greetings from the Wet Coast of Canada.
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Old 07-29-2020, 11:16 PM   #10
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City: Indianapolis
Vessel Name: MV La Vita Dolce
Vessel Model: Cheoy Lee 40 LRC
Join Date: Mar 2018
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Welcome aboard. There is lots of advice available here to help with the learning curves about using, cruising, repairing, and living aboard a boat. Most of it is good advice, but don't ask about anchors. :-)
We hope to be in New Bern soon, on our way to the Chesapeake Bay for the rest of the summer.
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