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Old 04-12-2017, 12:09 PM   #1
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So we sold the boat and bought an RV

Yes, we did that. After traveling by boat as far North as Thousand Islands and as far South as Great Exuma, we are done with the boat.

We had her 17 years and well, the new owner is going to push her even more by doing the great loop with her. Good for him we say! If I had to add up all of time we spent aboard the boat over 17 years I'd say it was easily five or six. So we know what it is like to be in a tight living environment.

We bought and have yet to take delivery on the RV which is a new 27N Sunstar LX. It has just about all we need except a combo washer/dryer and I think I can jam one into it.

Today I spent most of the day reading the CHF thread. Wow, what a thread and it's still going! I don't think I have ever seen anything like it in a boating forum.

My name is Dan. Years ago like 45, I was watching a Japanese movie called Rodan and my sister looked at me and called me BroDan and it stuck.

We look forward to working with folks here because right off the bat that CHF thread has saved me tons of grief.

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I hope you enjoy the change.
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Got tired of going up and down the Columbia river 35 or so years ago. Sold the boat, boat well, dock space and quit the yacht club. Much prefer cruising the highways.
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Now you get to put four wheels on a pad and pour less $$ into it. I miss my boat.
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Old 04-12-2017, 12:46 PM   #5
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Sold our boat a few years ago. If you think the roads are full of crazy drivers, try a boat on a lake. At least on the road we have brakes....
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Hi Dan! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Congrats on the new rig! Keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Glad to have you here in the forum with us.

Congratulations on the change and the new RV. I wish you a lot of luck and good times with it.

Happy Trails!!!
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LMHO on the crazy boaters. If you have done the ICW from NYS to Florida you have encountered plenty of those!

We found that holding up any camera and pointing it at the approaching boats would threaten them enough to behave.

I have a feeling that approach is not going to work on the slab.
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Welcome folks, as said we hope you enjoy RVing.
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Sold the boat too--

After about 30 years and three sailboats, I'd finally had enough. It devolved to the point that I spent so much time and money on maintenance and upgrades, that I didn't have enough energy, time, or money left to enjoy sailing. So naturally I got a used gasser. (see the irony here?) But like I told my disbelieving friends at the marina, "You can't drive a sailboat to the mountains." The only thing I found more frightening than driving to Ouray, Colorado is driving a sailboat across a public lake on a moonlit holiday weekend night. You can hear people talking on the other boats:

"Dude! Did you see that sailboat?"
"What sailboat?"
"Got another beer?"

Much safer on the interstate!
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Same history! Ten years as live aboard, on a 45' trawler. Traveling from Ohio river to Elizabeth Harbor (Great Exuma) I too was worn out with maintenance, cost and planning for 6mo months in the islands. We sold boat and are loving our 2003 Dutch Star, the highways/byways, and the freedom to stop almost anywhere we want. Many more safe harbors/anchorages on land!!
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Welcome Dan. We were 25 years on the water, traveling both U.S. coasts, northern and western Caribbean, Gulf coast and inland rivers. Health issues got us off the water, but we aren't ready for a dirt dwelling just yet. May 1st we head out for a cross country trip. Good luck to you and enjoy. We sure are. Chuck
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Good luck with your new rig, Dan. Both boating and camping provide access to some of the most beautiful places in this lovely nation of ours, but I have a feeling you'll enjoy the additional flexibility that camping offers. Right now, we have both - a travel trailer and a power boat. While we've done a little long distance traveling on the boat, we mainly use it on the Hudson River or when camping on Great Lake Sacandaga. In that case, Alan tows the trailer and I tow the boat. If I had to choose one over the other, I'd choose the travel trailer. I appreciate the countless opportunities we have had to visit the glorious state and national parks across the U.S. I trust that you'll be planning some wonderful adventures of your own - enjoy every minute!

Instead of fair winds and following seas, I'll wish you calm winds and low gas prices!

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We supposedly pick up the RV on Monday. We stopped in yesterday to have a look at it and get ideas for accessories. That's when we noticed a nice gouge in the side where someone opened the slide and it hit someone else or someone else "slid" into ours.
With everything going on we wonder if it will be ready.

Speaking of the Hudson, we were up and down that from Kingston NY, to L.I. Sound, Liberty Landing, Red Bank etc. many many times. Given we had also done Champlain many "Loopers" told us that was their favorite part of the loop.

So why should we have done the whole loop?

But Georgian Bay and the Canadian canals still call. We'll see how things pan out.
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