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Old 03-30-2012, 02:21 AM   #43
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Bump. I just ran across this great topic again buried deep in the fori.

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Old 03-30-2012, 10:57 PM   #44
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Hi All,
The posts were fantastic.
Thanks for sharing.


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Old 10-01-2012, 04:50 AM   #45
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I just ran across the attached blog regarding watchkeeping....and a whole load of other good stuff that's well considered and excellent advice
Rebel Heart - Eric's Blog

This guy's got 'the knowledge'.
"if at first you don't succeed....Redefine success"!

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Old 10-09-2012, 04:27 PM   #46
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Originally Posted by imagine2frolic View Post
OH MY!!!!!!!

I started with the dream of sailing away with my wife. She refused to learn to handle the boat properly. Her actual statement to me was no man is going to tell me what to do. Well I suggested lessons from a club, or something. This became an issue. One day she said to me well maybe I just won't go.....
Great story! Thanks for sharing that.
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Old 10-09-2012, 04:54 PM   #47
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Originally Posted by islandseeker View Post
For the truth is that I already know as much about my fate as I need to know. The day will come when I will die. So the only matter of consequence before me is what I will do with my alloted time. I can remain on shore, paralyzed with fear, or I can raise my sails and dip and soar in the breeze.


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Old 07-26-2013, 01:08 PM   #48
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Many years ago, I shared many of common fears of solo sailboat cruising. How could I keep an adequate watch? What would I do in a storm? Would I get lonely? What would I do if bad guys with guns find me alone at sea or some lonely anchorage?
Today, with 5 years of solo cruising and thousands of miles of ocean in my wake, I look back and smile.

The 2013 reality is that there are hundreds, if not thousands of solo sailors banging around the Caribbean. Most likely everyone of them had the same misgivings when they started.

Most of the passages are daysails overnighters. You won't get run down unless you're an idiot. Stay awake in areas of high shipping like the Gulf Stream between Miami and the Bahamas, or the Northwest Channel. When you're out in the sticks, chill. There's not a lot out there but ocean. Drink some coffee if you want to stay awake or buy a radar if you want to catnap. Stay at home and die without ever living if you seek absolute security.

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