Long time lurker, really long time
I have been a lurker on TF for over five years and always enjoyed the discussions from guys like psneeld who says it right, short and sweet. Many of you have helped me out many times with various problems and I would still be lurking except I read about a planned get together in February (Ft Pierce) and thought it would be fun to put a face with the names. Will I be disappointed? LOL. Depending on the dates I hope to attend and I'll buy you a beer. (A not "the" beer as I read you guys can drink).
A little about me. I have been a boater in southeast Florida for 60+ years and a customer of Parks' grandfather, I remember when Parks was more interested in ultralights than boats. I still visit his shop almost weekly as I keep my boat on the Miami River near his shop and his people always get what I need.
I've had a few boats over the years: Matthews, Chris Craft, Hatteras, and last boat was a 34' custom walk around Crusader that I had for 22 years. I used that boat all over Florida and the Bahamas for fishing but as you get older fishing is work and I wanted more comfort. I always admired Grand Banks but they were too slow so when they came out with the new 43 Heritage with pods (after two years I hope the problems are now corrected) that can cruise at 20knts I ordered hull 10. I have taken it to the Bahamas twice, to Key West and up to Stuart.
That me I hope I don't embarrass you guys and admirals. Thanks for your time.