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Old 11-01-2017, 09:38 PM   #1
City: South San Francisco
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Talking New boater sneaking in under the radar

Hi folks! Were almost a trawler (17 ton full keel sailboat which we use as a trawler a great deal). Weve lived aboard for 15 years, and as the years go on, were looking at going full-trawler with an FG hulled GB, or similar. Cheers!
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Old 11-01-2017, 10:13 PM   #2
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Vessel Model: 1982 Ocean Alexander 43
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Welcome aboard! There are a lot of us former wind driven sailors here. My wife and I still have a small sailboat, but really love our 43ft trawler, it's so much more comfortable for older bones..
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Old 11-11-2017, 11:56 AM   #3
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I came out of a Bristol Channel Cutter...8 ton bluewater cruising sailboat. What we decided was that, since this part of the world has us motoring more than sailing...why not? I miss sailing terribly, but the decision was the right one for our family.
Anson & Donna

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Old 11-11-2017, 09:08 PM   #4
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Welcome aboard sailor.

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Old 11-11-2017, 09:59 PM   #5
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Welcome! Are you on the Spindrift 43 pilothouse? I LOVE that boat, and if we ever went back to sail that's at the top of my list...
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Old 11-11-2017, 10:22 PM   #6
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Welcome to the forum. Yes, many of us, me included, were sailors in an earlier life. Matter of fact I gave away our inflatable tender, which started life as a tender to our last sail boat, to a catamaran owner who only had a small rigid dinghy, last weekend.

Why? Because the valve design is not great, and over several weeks, it goes down, it still works, but when selling, as we are, a potential buyer arriving to see an old, weather-beaten and collapsed dinghy is not a good look. The cat owner was delighted, as he said he and his wife had often thought of trying one. So, after I helped them dock, and we got chatting, I asked them if they would take it? Explained why. They said yes, so I said, "it's yours".

We pumped it up, and he rowed it happily back to his 43 foot cat. I had no real regrets. I was otherwise going to deflate it, roll it up, and drop it in the dumpster. If our boat sells, the new owner would be wise to get a new rubber ducky anyway. This was a better fate. It owed me nothing. It began life as something we bought to use between yachts back in 1985..!

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Old 11-12-2017, 12:34 AM   #7
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Welcome aboard IolantheSF!
Peter, best you send the adoptive cat owners this link:
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