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Provisioning In Marsh Harbor and Untying the Dock Lines – Bahamas Charter Day 2

Eager to get on the boat, I rise early, without an alarm, to find Jeff missing from the room.  I imagine he is off wandering the docks, watching the sunrise, or milling around anxious to get moving.  I decide to … Continue reading

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On our way to the Bahamas!

We left Peoria mid-December to head to the Southeast for a couple of weeks of visiting friends and family, looking at boats, and going to the Bahamas for our charter in the Abacos.  On the way to Jeff’s parents we … Continue reading

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Cottonwood II – A Cabot 36

While we were at my parents’ house, Margaret came across two Cabot 36s listed on Yachtworld and located in Indiantown, Florida, near where we had looked at So Bella and Suwendenjen. We were unfamiliar with this design, but started to … Continue reading

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The Bachelor Pad – A Bayfield 36 (joint post)

With Suwendejen – and the less than helpful broker – behind us, Margaret and I got some breakfast in Fort Pierce and then drove across the state to my folks’ house near Charlotte Harbor.  During that time, we talked a … Continue reading

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Viewing a Valiant 40 – another joint post

After getting off So Bella, we crossed the yard, waited another fifteen minutes while the broker took care of more important things, and then finally headed out on the dock to see the Valiant 40 we had also come to … Continue reading

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Buying A Boat and Learning To Sail: Part 3

Two days later, in the mid-afternoon, we strapped the boat back on top of the car and headed down to the river.  Knowing we had only a few days left in the season to sail in warm sun and warm-ish … Continue reading

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Buying A Boat and Learning To Sail: Part 2

We arranged to look at the boat on a Wednesday evening around 6 p.m..  David and Jenni, the Walker Bay sellers, live in the historic district of Bloomington, on a piece of land that contains a recently renovated carriage house … Continue reading

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Buying A Boat and Learning To Sail: Part I

Last Wednesday we took a trip over to Bloomington, IL to check out a used Walker Bay 8’ dingy that we saw on Craigslist. We decided to look at the boat after we had a discussion about me wanting to … Continue reading

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Decisions, decisions…and flowcharts!

It seems like every day we get more serious about buying a boat.  Over the last two days we have been considering these two yachts:

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Interview with Margaret

As we drove to Rochester a few weeks back, we interviewed each other to help pass the time.  Below is the transcript of Jeff asking me questions about sailing and our plans to cruise. You can read the interview with … Continue reading

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