: Who else is into boating?

Locomotive Breath
03-20-11, 08:39 AM
I am the 2nd owner of a 1978 Wellcraft Nova. I've always loved them and got this 3 years ago from the original owner with only 400 hours on it!

I love it! I just pulled all the teak so we can get it clean in time to splash it in a few weeks, I love summer too!
I'm looking to make an addition to our fleet, and older 30+ footer cabin cruiser to put in a slip.

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03-20-11, 09:55 AM
You need to come over to the Eastern Shore - I'm currently the Commander of Kent Narrows Power Squadron................this old girl was built down on the Honga River in '69 - 38' Bloodsworth. Olds 455. We've owned her since '95. All wood. Lotsa work...........

Locomotive Breath
03-20-11, 10:10 AM
That is awesome! Maybe we'll make it over there sometime!

03-20-11, 02:15 PM
^^^ You guys have got some fine looking craft! I have been into boating from a very young age when I used to get to go out on a friend's granddad's 30 something foot cabin cruiser which was docked at his home on Balboa Island in Southern California.

I started learning to sail when I was ten and have been an avid sailor ever since. Although I have spent a lot time skippering and crewing on "stinkpots" as well! I was fortunate to be able to race OD (one design) sailboats on the Delaware, Barnegat Bay and Cheasepeake during my teen years. As serendipity would around the world I could be found at the local yacht clubs of Brazil, France, Ethiopia (now Eritrea), Sudan (my favorite membership "The Upper Nile Yacht Club at Khartoum) and Japan.

During the 1980's I owned a half interest in an Islander Bahama 36" sloop which my partner and I sailed out of Newport Beach, Long Beach Harbor, San Pedro and Marina del Rey in California. Did many a Channel crossing to Catalina and a few cruises to San Diego. West Coast sailing is very different from East Coast sailing in that once you 're outside the breakwater you are in the Pacific Ocean and the West Coast offers very few protected waterways as we have on the East Coast. On the other hand the "air" (wind) is much more reliable on the West Coast than the East Coast. There are a lot more destinations for cruising on the East Coast (as long as you have auxiliary power to get you there!).

I'll bet there are many more "boaters" here at the Forums. I know we have another sailor from New Jersey (Delaware Bay) who is a member!