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Old 03-21-2008, 12:32 AM   #1
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Ma Douleur is a 30ish-foot sailboat that I have not yet identified or purchased.

I am currently working on liquidating all of my worldly posessions at which point I will find and purchase Ma Douleur.

I plan on sailing Ma Douleur from wherever I buy her to the Caribbean. Once there, I'd like to find a job at a boatyard or marina (something on the water) that will provide income and schedule flexibility. Once established, I plan on taking day/weekend/week-long trips around the Caribbean. From there, I'll see what happens as far as more extended cruising.

I have a lot of experience on the water from when I was younger. I crewed on a Star Boat for two seasons and crewed on a 30' One-Tonne once. I have also done a lot of pleasure day-sailing including on Father's Day when I basically single-handed a Hunter 45 while my friend who footed the rental bill and the rest of the guys got soused. I worked at a boat yard for a couple of years doing harbor work, running a 35' tug boat and operating a 50' barge crane. I also piloted an old Navy mic-boat that we used for hauling stuff. Finally, I have experience in commercial salvage having worked with SeaTow.

Any feedback is appreciated.
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Welcome aboard to you. I truely hope that your plans come to fruition as this lifestyle is wonderful.

Keep us all up to speed on how things are progressing and fire any questions you may have - someone here will be able to assist.

Good luck!
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Old 03-21-2008, 09:45 PM   #3
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interesting option. i plan to make/save enough ducats to live (spartanly as usual) without working before i leave. just sail around...maintain...through the magic of compound interest. though i wonder how taxes might eat me, i haven't gotten that far yet...have 10 years to go.
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