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Old 07-14-2008, 08:14 AM   #1
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Hi Everybody,

Just a brief introduction,I have been sailing ever since I can remember (so that has to be over 50 years now). Qualified in the UK as Yachtmaster with commercial Endorsement and currently work part-time as a professional delivery skipper delivering boats to/from//around the UK so have a lot of ocean experience, have been to some interesting places, met a lot of interesting people and sailed everything from dingies to square-riggers.

Its good to have a site where you can exchange views and ask questions - the one thing you get to know from experience is that there's so much more to learn!

As a skipper, always put the safety of your crew first, the boat second and the rest of the world comes last.

Happy sailing to you all and may the weather be fair.




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Welcome aboard Ed - Good to have you here as I'm sure you have lots to share with us.

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Old 07-14-2008, 01:14 PM   #3
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I'm also from the UK - do I get a pint as well!

Ed, if you're ever desperate for reasonably competent crew and half decent company ....

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Old 07-14-2008, 01:24 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by edsailing View Post
the one thing you get to know from experience is that there's so much more to learn!

As a skipper, always put the safety of your crew first, the boat second and the rest of the world comes last.
How true, how true!

We recently had lunch with an old non-cruiser friend. We were talking about attending a few seminars on boat maintenance and upkeep for our power catamaran, when our friend asked why we were doing it; "as if you need to." I think that attitude is a good pointer towards the difference between a relatively safe arrival at one's destination and the need to call for help.

Many years ago I was cautioned, "be sure you can tell the difference between 10 years' experience and one year's experience repeated ten times." In all areas, that's a good caution to keep in mind. Our travels have been strewn with mistakes and surprises and new things learned. Unavoidable, just as long as we avoided complacency (we didn't always!)
In 1986 we went cruising for a few years. After 20 years and 50+ countries and several oceans, we are STILL "cruising for a few years".

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