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Old 09-22-2008, 08:21 PM   #1
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Hello all, (I hope I didn't post this twice)

I just recently joined the forum. I own a 31' Allmand. It does not appear to be the fastest boat in the fleet, but is stoutly configured for extended sailing and live-a-board. The wife and I are having marital problems after 21 years and 3 kids of marriage. So I am taking off for the winter and spring to live and work off my boat. I am a self-taught sailor, this is my second boat (a Graham 34' was my first live-a-board), I am a retired CDR in the US Navy, and an Admiral in the Third Texas Navy.

I have always been a coastal/weekend sailor, but have sailed the BVI in a catamaran, sailed offshore in Bermuda in a 20' Pearson, sailed up and down the East coast of Florida, and sailed my current boat from New Orleans where I bought it here to Pensacola, FL.

My current boat is berthed at the NAS Pensacola marina on the Florida panhandle, and I am planning to head out the first week of November for the Florida Keys, round Miami, and head over to the Bahama's. From there I would like to see how close I can get to the BVI in 6 weeks. Then I will have another 6-weeks after Christmas to get back, and potentially another 6-weeks in the spring.

I am brave, daring, and committed as the day is long, so I am not afraid to do anything. But I am trying to not be stupid about this adventure.

I am looking for any good websites or references that anyone knows of for giving me guidance on making this journey. I am primarily interested in good spots to sail to (for fun and provisioning), good locations to anchor for a week or two, areas to stay away from (concerning things like shallow water and coral head, also is it true that there is piracy out there.) Just good overall information.



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Old 09-22-2008, 08:43 PM   #2
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Well met Greg. Come and join the crew, have a tankard, swap a few yarns and feel at home.

Enjoy // Stephen

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Welcome aboard Greg. I'm sure others will be along shortly with knowledge of your sailing area that will answer some of your queries.

Have you had a look around the Cruising Wiki for a start?

Good luck with your plans and please let us know how it goes.

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