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Greetings from Montana

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Your Vessel Info: S/V Aura - 1978 Southern Cross Ketch.
Location: Helena, MT and Florida Keys
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Greetings from Montana

Unread postby CapnKevin61 » Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:55 pm

Hi all;

New to the forum and working on refitting s/v Aura, a 1978 31' Southern Cross Ketch, number 57. My wife and I grew up and have lived in Montana for most of our lives. I now work remotely and this is enabling our dream of being snow-birds to come true prior to my retiring. Plan is to spend summers sailing and camping in Montana, and winters sailing and living aboard our SC in the Florida Keys. I have hopes of learning the Keys over the next 3-4 years as I refit Aura, and then sailing her over to the Bahama's and down islands through the Greater and Lesser Antilles.

In summers now we sail our 1967 27' Pearson Renegade s/v Vayu on Canyon Ferry Reservoir here in Central Montana. I am new to salt water sailing but very excited to get to know the Keys and all of the fabulous sailing in the islands. The folks I've met in the Keys so far, from Key Largo, to Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine, all the way to Key West have been absolutely great folks.

It is one of the things I love about the sailing/live-aboard/cruising community, the sense of camaraderie among those of us who love sailing vessels. There is very little that I know of that man has made that rivals the sailing vessel for an almost perfect balance of form, function, beauty, and grace. Nothing against anyone on a motor yacht/trawler, to each his own. If you're on a boat on the water, we all ready share more in common than 90% of the rest of the folks we share the planet with! :mrgreen:

My love and passion just happens to have tall masts and canvas. Great to be here and look forward to learning lots from everyone here. Thanks for having a great forum where all live-aboards and want to be live-aboards can share and enjoy each others lessons and experiences.

May you have Fair Winds and Following Seas!

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Re: Greetings from Montana

Unread postby tex » Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:33 pm

Welcome aboard, Kevin. If you find yourself over herd on the left coast of FL, we’d love to get a look at that sleek Ketch. Montana to Florida?! That’s a whole new level of snowbird!
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