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Old 08-21-2013, 02:05 PM   #1
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Lifelong boater/sailor new to RV lifestyle

My wife, Stacey, has always loved camping more but she knows my past included growing up motor or sail boating on inland lakes or cruising the Bahamas as a kid. We usually owned a cabin cruiser or chartered a larger trawler for many of these trips. We were never a camping family.

So when I got older I bought a sailboat and spent many a weekend and nights all year round "camping" out and sailing with others on my lake.

When we got married, she talked about wanting to go camping but I was never as comfortable about it. SO the RV idea started to ruminate as we talked about buying a larger more comfortable sailboat...

I love the idea now, that we can go ANYWHERE! Plus we can take along our little 19' trailerable sailboat, too!

We just purchased a new-to-us 2013 Coachmen Leprechaun 317SAF 32' Class C motor home! We loved the layout with the side access hallway to the rear of the home, the fully enclosed head/shower and the L shaped galley! The fit and finish is as beautiful as any boat I've owned and we're taking delivery this Saturday! We are also immediately heading out to give her a test run at a near by, well equipped area.

I'll report how it goes!

I've been a member of many many forums for everything from photography, design, computers, music, keyboards, guitars...boating, sailing (still at trailer sailor site these days under our names Patrick & Stacey)... I enjoy learning about my interests AND I GIVE BACK with advice when I can, as I learn and if it's something I know about. I look forward to building the community!

Thanks all!
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Old 08-21-2013, 02:21 PM   #2
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Welcome and congratulation on the new Leprechaun, Patrick & Stacey!!

Really good to have you aboard!
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Old 08-21-2013, 09:43 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum! Please do keep us updated on how things are going. We love pictures so feel free to share.

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Old 08-21-2013, 09:53 PM   #4
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Congratulations! I went from sailing a 25' Catalina on Lake Erie, to backpacking where if wasn't on my back it didn't go, to now owning a 33' fifth wheel. It's amazing how life takes you down so many trails. Enjoy your new venture.
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Old 08-21-2013, 10:27 PM   #5
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Thanks for the warm welcome! As a member of many other forums for my other hobbies, I can't believe I forgot to post some pics!!


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Old 08-22-2013, 06:56 AM   #6
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Welcome! My parents had a Catalina 22' sailboat through my youth. We sailed it on Indiana inland lakes as well as the Gulf of Mexico a couple times.
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Old 08-22-2013, 09:51 AM   #7
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My sailboat as also a Catalina! A 1982 C25 with the dreaded giant swing keel! :/

I bought her for cheap dilapidated and growing green and black stuff, 7 years later when I sold her, she was completely restored, including grinding about 200 blisters off the bottom, doing some fiberglass repair and new bottom! I learned a lot!

That's one of the reasons I think my wife feels comfortable doing this RV thing, she knows we can fix or mod most anything! If there's one thread about RV'ing I've picked up on so far is it's good to be a handy person!
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Old 08-22-2013, 09:35 PM   #8
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Welcome to RVing and the forum! We love sailing also... Helped my dad redo a bottom with blisters on a Spirit28. Lots of work but loved that boat. We now have a little 16' Neptune. Fun to combine the camping and sailing at the lake not too far from home. Hope you enjoy your rig... Looks pretty sweet!

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Welcome to the forum! I also have a Catalina, a 27 that I'm in the midst of restoring.
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Old 08-22-2013, 10:38 PM   #10
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We currently own a 1998 seaward fox with the carbon fiber freestanding cat rig. We got last August and spent the winter restoring. You can see our results on our blog. We love her and look forward to using both the rv and boat together occasionally. Although I'm a little concerned with what it will be like at the ramp putting her in the water.

The dealer is installing a front hitch for us and the boat only has a 19" keel, so with careful planning and some patience, we hope it's possible with the long overhang of the 32' leprechaun.

Any advice?
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