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    So some of you guys may remember me from years of boat acquisition and all manner of sailing adventures? Because of a plethora of injuries over the years I have not raced a sailboat in two years, as I can barely swap sides in a boat without stumbling and bumbling my way through it.

    I have my glass Dragon for sale. I have a little Ted Hood designed mini-ton that I picked up to day sail. I will sell that cheap at some point. That leaves me with my wooden Dragon, which isn’t sailable right now, and my grand son’s Handy Cat.

    So my choices are these: I can buy something like a J/27 that comes with a trailer. That way I could race if the fit ever comes over me. I can buy a Marshall Sanderling or Menger 19 cat boat, with a trailer and tabernacle mast. This would make it easy to launch, use to explore new places, and be easier to sail, with more room for family.

    A third option would be to join the sailing club in Denver, where two of my children and my grandkids live. It is very affordable, and I could get something like a Santana 20 or a J/24 for racing and day sailing on our frequent visits.

    One of those three is going to happen for sure in the next year or year and a half. Of course, there is a gorgeous 5.5 metre I have my eye on in the Netherlands. I guess it is a good thing dreams never die.

    Mickey Lake
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    Option 3 would seem to make the most sense, having your crew readily at hand means more actual sailing.

    Those wood dragons sure are drool-worthy.
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    catboat
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Happy New Year Mickey.Have you been watching this thread upstairs? http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...-metre-project

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    Thank you for pointing it out to me. That is a wonderful project. The boat I am interested in is a Warren Muir design named ‘firestorm’, an Evolution class boat. She is a beaut, and at 16k euro, certainly doable.

    My wife would kill me if the boat itself didn’t, but as I say, dreams die hard.

    Mickey Lake
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    If you go the Sanderling approach, join the Catboat Association. Main activity is New England in the summer and Florida in the winter. The latter may have events within your trailer range.

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    I am a member now, Mr. McColgin. I have the Handy Cat, and used to have a Beetle. I actually got my dues papers yesterday.

    Mickey Lake
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    We need a fleet roster of your boats. Well don Mickey.

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    I guess in a way I am part of the 5.5 metre world, as I was one of the contributors that helped save ‘Arunga’, SWE59 from the breaker’s yard this summer. She is at the yard of Mats Nelson, getting a new lease on life. I am pretty happy about that.

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    Well, I got an endorsement from the family to get a boat to keep in Colorado, and we decided on: a J/24. We had a J/24 when the kids were small and I was mostly sailing Stars. They are nice dual purpose boats and pretty easy to sail. So I think that is the direction we will move in. Summering in Colorado doesn’t sound too bad to me.

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    Sailing at Dillon?

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    Sounds like a great plan, Mickey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bamamick View Post
    Summering in Colorado doesn’t sound too bad to me.

    Mickey Lake
    and wintering on the gulf doesn't sound too bad either
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    We would keep the boat at Cherry Creek, about 30 minutes from one daughter’s house. The other daughter that lives out there is in the mountains above Boulder. We can crash at either house but are thinking about Air B&B’s for a few weeks at a time, or even buying a small condo. We will keep our house down here no matter what.

    My kid in Boston wonders why we just don’t do the same up there?

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    Boston? Have you checked out, https://www.bostonsailingcenter.com/ ? I did an intro sail last year and it made me wish I had something similar close by. Prices seem really reasonable. Might be worth it even if you don’t get up there all that often.

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    Yeah, when my daughter first moved there we got her a membership as a way to meet new friends. I have seen them sailing the Solings in the harbor there.

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    Mick-
    If you come to Boston, let me know. We’re an hour south and can get you out for a sail.

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    That sounds wonderful, Jim. Thank you so much.

    Mickey Lake
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    Well, that got turned upside down somewhat. We are going tomorrow to look at a ‘classic’ Morgan 30 over in Mobile. I have long admired this boat. It has been in the same family since it was new and they have continually upgraded and improved it over the last almost fifty years.

    If we wind up with it we will keep it in Mobile, at least for the time being. We are talking about taking the cat boat to Colorado. I think she would do well out there.

    Today was my last day before retirement after 38 years. Time to slow down a bit and enjoy life a little more.

    Mickey Lake
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    and, Best Wishes to you, Mickey! Have fun.

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    Congratulations on your retirement, Mickey ! - Quite the milestone . . .

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    Congrats, Mickey!

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    Congratulations on becoming Unencumbered by Employment! You'll enjoy it!
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    Thank you, guys. I have been incredibly lucky to have worked continually since the day I turned 16, so it's been a long time. Time to put it aside, I think.

    Mickey Lake
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    Congratulations, Mickey! Sounds like you have some great plans.

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    Retirement takes some adjustment.
    First, throw out the alarm clock. Whenever you wake up, that defines “First thing in the morning”.
    Second, forget about Monday, Tuesday etc. and adopt their new names, Saturday #1, Saturday #2, etc.
    If it gives you comfort, impose your old work ethic to your new priorities. During the pandemic, when some neighbors were flummoxed by working at home or being laid off, I made a point of getting to my shop at the crack of ten or so.
    Don’t worry about the contradiction between #1 and #3 above. You’re the arbitrator.

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    Congratulations, Mickey! Sounds like you have some great plans.

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    Congrats Mickey! And enjoy the Morgan if you get it

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    “Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of those rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs."

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    Really pleased to hear it Mickey. I stealth retired a couple of years ago myself, be careful you don't overwork.

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    Enjoy your retirement! Best wishes.
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    Well, after much deliberation it was decided that the Morgan might be a bit too much boat for the two of us, so I have gybed hard back towards the cat boat, so if anyone knows of an 18’ glass boat, trailer necessary, hinged mast preferred, budget $12-13k US. Anywhere east of the Rockies. I would appreciate a head’s up.

    I look at the CBA classifieds daily, along with sailboatlistings.com, but you never know when something might pop up.

    Thanks for all the retirement best wishes. With my family all spread about and the boat stuff it would appear that we have plenty to do.

    Mickey Lake
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    Putting a deposit down on an HA18 today. I am happy about it.

    Mickey Lake
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    Lake Dillon is under 2 hours from Cherry Creek but it's rough driving on I-70 right now... yacht club there seems to have reasonable dues and has races in the J22 and J24 classes among others. (Not a member myself - yet. Also haven't sailed Dillon - yet.) I like the idea of the 30 mph speed limit on the lake and no personal watercraft!

    Blue Mesa Reservoir is just gorgeous country to drive through although that's a stout 4 hour drive from Cherry Creek. I imagine you'd have to deal with a fair amount of power boat traffic however.

    Congratulations on your retirement!

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    I was reading about Lake Union yesterday, near Longmont. That might be a cool place to check out.

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