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Old 10-13-2012, 10:13 AM   #15
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Thats encouraging. We dream of a second TI kept with the trailer. Our problem there is storage. We'd have to come up with some way of storing it inside the trailer.

Our little dog loves the TI. of course he's very accustomed to boats since he's been riding along with us since he was literally a pup. We don't even have to tell him to move to the windward tramp when we tack. He does it automatically.

I think La Gringa has posted some video of us sailing it in 20 knots somewhere on youtube. We take a few wraps on the mast to reef it a bit when we're seeing that kind of wind speed, but the boat handles it well. We've hit 11 knots of boat speed a couple of time, and ten knots a lot of times. That really feels fast when your rear end is that close to the water.
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Old 10-30-2012, 11:46 AM   #16
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You are pulling on our heart strings! Had a 27' Bristol in the Chesapeake for several years. Bought a farm and a house on Cat Island in the Bahamas, want to sell the farm, get an Airstream, live on the Eastern Shore with a 32' or so. Will see how the real estate moves, time to dream!
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Old 10-30-2012, 01:01 PM   #17
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Yes, I enjoy sailing but have no outlet for the "hobby" now. I owned a 16' racing Hobie and sailed the neighbor's 39' Island Packet around our area. Also sailed in the Mediterrainean one summer on a catamaran. That is about the extent of it. I really enjoy those pics. I would love having a sailing craft too but can only afford one hobby and right now that is my aluminum baby.
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Old 10-30-2012, 01:38 PM   #18
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Hobie '14 '74

Here's a pic of my former 1974 Hobie 14 that I spent all last winter scavenging parts for on craigslist.....hulls/tramp/rudders from some guys back yard.....mast and boom tackle from the Marine Exchange (bone yard), main, jib, halyards some guy s. Seattle. 100% original boat that Hobie stopped making late '70. Had it out once and barely got my money out of it!! But the guy who bought it loves it.
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Old 10-30-2012, 02:08 PM   #19
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Another sailor now boatless... I started in Beetle Cats and Sunfish racing at YC in Rhode Island as teenager, and we bought MacGregor 22' on trailer in San Francisco area in mid-80's.. Sailed in Lake Tahoe, Sacramento Delta, Clear Lake and the Bay.. Did some racing, but never won much.. Gradually kids grew up and uninterested, and wife uninterested, and friend/sailing buddy moved away, so sold it around time we bought Airstream.. Tried to replace with Sunfish 3 years ago, but still too much of a challenge to launch and sail completely solo.. Now content to sail on "Friend Boats", as we did off San Francisco Waterfront during America's Cup World Series in August...
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Old 10-30-2012, 03:22 PM   #20
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We're thinking equal proportions might work for us. Four months sailing, four months in the 27FB, and four months in the house here.
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Old 10-30-2012, 03:24 PM   #21
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I have been sailing since I can remember. From Newport Rhode Island lived on and in the ocean. Now living in Ohio I have been sailing an old Rhodes 19. Also sailing a Highlander 20' and love to sail into October when the wind is stronger. We used to sail from Newport up to Boston and everywhere in between on a Pearson 60 footer. Love sailing! Now the camper? Just trying a new thing and so far I like my AS camper but haven't taken it anywhere but the back yard? But we plan to go to a State park this coming weekend if the weather is good and sail all afternoon.
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Old 10-30-2012, 04:18 PM   #22
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mega yacht

This is a photo of my last "command" (ok, it's not a sail boat but my first job was on a 40 catamaran at age 14 (summer job) and worked my way up to this 220 footer upon which I was Manager/Senior captain for 4 years.
Photo is under the Sydney bridge (Australia), New Years eve.
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Old 10-30-2012, 04:22 PM   #23
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I've had a Schock 30, an Irwin 30 Citation and a J24. The pointy end is supposed to go first and somebody needs to pull on that thingy over there, right?
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Old 10-31-2012, 06:00 AM   #24
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You are pulling on our heart strings! Had a 27' Bristol in the Chesapeake for several years. Bought a farm and a house on Cat Island in the Bahamas, want to sell the farm, get an Airstream, live on the Eastern Shore with a 32' or so. Will see how the real estate moves, time to dream!
Want to trade the Cat Island property for an almost brand new 27FB International CCD? Been used a total of four weeks in two seasons.....

We have a friend on Cat Island, Shaquille Moss at the orphanage. And our friends in the schooner Star of the Sea stop by there at least twice a year...

And La Gringa is looking at me like I'm crazy. She loves that 27FB.

But I am wondering if AS would build us another one with the EB door in the end....
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Old 10-31-2012, 06:44 AM   #25
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Hola Gringo,
We are also in a three-mode retirement. We generally spend Jan-May on our Leopard 42 sailing catamaran JAMU, and the rest of the year split between land cruising with our Airstream FC23FB JALAN-JALAN and our home in Durango, CO. Over the last four years, we've cruised the Central American coast from the Bay Islands of Honduras to Isla Mujeres, Mexico, and crossed the Gulf of Mexico to Alabama this past May. The Airstream has enabled us to explore the USA at our pace in our style, and in January will provide a comfortable 1500 mile journey back to the boat in Alabama. Life is good and we are blessed. The journey continues...........
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Old 10-31-2012, 08:24 AM   #26
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Cool! We signed up for an intensive week of ASA sailing certs a few years back even though we've both sailed a lot of smaller boats over the years. Instead of getting on the boat with six other students for the ASA courses, we hired the boat and instructor for just the two of us. We wanted to know what it was like to handle a boat without all those extra hands. We got intense instruction, since this setup also guaranteed that we got no breaks while others were getting instruction. Oh, and the boat was the Bella Vita, a Leopard 42. That whole story's at 2 Gringos in the Caribbean: The Busman's Holiday... if anyone's interested in that approach. And no it's not spam we're not selling anything!

We've met a few cruisers from CO who find our blog while researching the TCI and then give us a call on the radio or email us when they are coming through. We practically adopted the crew of the Dancing Dolphin (Victory 35) when they were here for a month for repairs. They're a couple from Pagosa Springs.

We want to cruise Central America, and in fact are not that interested in the Caribbean south of here. too crowded, lousy beaches. We do like the Bahamas. I've been recently researching marinas and boatyards in SE Florida, thinking to sail the boat up in early summer, put it in a yard for upgrades and fixes, while we go to CO and camp in the AS for several months. Now I'm thinking that Sandy has booked all the yards up the East Coast with repairs for the foreseeable future.

Alabama,huh?
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Old 10-31-2012, 10:15 AM   #27
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22' I built in 1964 and 36' I took 3 years to build launched 1974 destroyed by hurricane Floyd. This was all way before Airstreaming. Sal
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