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Old 05-18-2013, 11:26 PM   #1
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Default At my cross roads

I'm glad to have found a site that will help me answer several questions as i continue to move through my quest.

I am strongly considering retiring onto a boat in the Northwest and spending as much of the rest of my life as possible photographing the backwaters and sunsets of WA, BC and AK. I'm probably 3 or 4 years from taking the plunge and plan on using the time to educate and train myself.

Some of my questions are very basic, sail vs. power, how and where to educate, electronics.....but all these will be answered in time.

I've sailed in the far distant past, sabots, lido-14 and Hobie 16's an done some regattas in those, but am now considering a live aboard in the 42 ft range. I'll start by taking some classes. I live in West Richland, WA (Tri-Cities) and expect to sign up for classes in the Seattle area, I'm considering both a power and sail course through Anacortes Yacht Charters, and then spending some time with some bareboat sailing through the San Juans.

I like to crewing options that are listed as this will probably be an excellent opportunity to take advantage of.

With that, I'll thank you on advance for any recommendations, suggestions or teachings.....


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Old 05-19-2013, 02:12 AM   #2
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Hi Brad and welcome to CL. There is a vibrant sailing and cruising community in the area in which you wish to cruise. Finding hands-on sailing experience should be as easy as making yourself known at the local sailing and boating clubs.

Your ambition is one to envy. Photography in that area of the world, along with sensational clear, natural light conditions should provide a high degree of satisfaction. Coupled with a good boat, hot chocolate and cold beer it's an almost utopian situation.

The reliance on either power or sail depends on your physical condition and the depth of your pockets. Powerboats can be hellishly expensive when it comes to fuel whereas the wind and the means of capturing it for motive force are inexpensive when looked at on a 10 year basis.

Either way keep us posted and use CL to assist you in meeting your goals.
Best wishes.

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Old 05-19-2013, 07:31 PM   #3
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Thanks Auzzee, based on input from several folks, most recently you, I am heavily leaning toward sail. I'll be posting more thoughts and questions as time moves on, look forward to getting your input.....
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Old 05-21-2013, 09:21 AM   #4
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Southwest Alaska has little wind in the summer it seems.
A couple I follow on YT are there cruising now having come from hawaii in there 27 foot vega
Watch the video. I find them both entertaining and instructional.
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Old 05-21-2013, 01:47 PM   #5
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Great video, the scenery and the wildlife are what i enjoy most about the northwest. Thanks for the link, I'll follow them as they continue through their adventure.......
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Old 05-21-2013, 05:11 PM   #6
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Oh, the adventures of Laura and Chuck on their Vega. They're a good couple to follow. You'll find them here on Cruiserlog from time to time--Laura is Mate1860 here.

In their videos, they're not trying to sell you something, they're just sharing their experiences. If you go back to the videos they put of their first sailing to the PNW from HI and down the coast and then back to HI, you'll enjoy that as well.

Fair winds,

"Do or do not. There is no try." - Yoda

What we're doing - The sailing life aboard and the Schooner Chandlery.

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