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Cool web site. I hope everyone is well. Happy new Year!
WE'RE JUST STARTING TO LOOK AND DREAM...WE TOO WILL BE LIVE ABOARDS SOON. THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR DREAM AND ENJOY YOUR LIFE. WE ARE!
Yeah, still at the CTR. The weather's great, wish I was there! ; )
what an interesting website. met you in islamorada, stopped to see your goldens. nice chatting. happy cruising!
Seeing others pictures and stories from people that live aboard is always very interesting to me. I'm planning on moving aboard my 24 foot sloop "Aqua Libre" and would like as much information and help as I can. Visit my website at Http://members.tripod.com/Living_aboard
Just checking up on you. Saw a lot of interesting names on your website.
I'm really enjoying your site. I'll explore it completely as time permits and I'm sure I'll learn from your experiences. I haven't planned as well as you have (kids), therefore I have to dream small. Fair winds and a following sea.
Gerry Catha Com Pac 23D Halley's Comet, DeBary, FL.
Great Site! Looking up my last name and came across your site. You should add a little blurb on why you named the ship "Charbonneau".
Greetings guys. We really enjoy the site and the stories of your adventures. Keep up the good life and work. Bonnie and David THE BRAC CAT
Gypsy Common IP 38-115 Atlanta Just visiting, love your site, still in Atlanta trying to get things ready to leave next year.
Excelent site!! I relate in so many ways! Especially about how motivating it can be to hear people tell you "you're out of your mind!! :)" I love seeing into the lives of other's who aren't afraid to pursue their dreams..Thanks for the insight and the extra motivation(once in a while, a "You can" along the way doesn't hurt!)
This site is so inspiring. It gives me hope that my dreams will come true someday too! Thanks.
Janet, Blaine....how are you guys. I hope all is well and the dream is being realized. I am turning the big 50 this yr and thinking of some treats...one of which is island hopping down south. The last we spoke you mentioned going for your capts license and charter...are you there yet ? Are you guys available for hire....I was thinking a week or two. If you're interested plse let me know, if not I would still like to hear from you and appreciate any recommendations. PS... I promise if we get together I will go back home but you might have to throw me off the boat but what can I say. Hope to hear from you soon, best regards..bob
Met you briefly at the IP Rend. Hope you are well and the fun still going. Wash DC is still cold and the change of power happened with limited looting. Cheers. Gary
Hi guys! Enjoyed catching up on all your new photos, the Xmas photos too. Missed you, and Den & Deb, at Xmas. Surprised to see so many "Charbonneau's" that find your site. I see that you guys won't starve anytime soon since Blaine seems to have the "fishing thing" under his belt now. LOL. No more books needed I take it. Looking forward to joining you sometime soon, or not so soon (smile). Give Max & Bailey a big hug and kiss for me. Tell them if they need a "landlover vacation" anytime, they are always welcome. You too!! LOL. I miss ALL of you! Love Sue
Oh to Dream.
Thanks for the site. I'm sure make a site offshore isn't the easest.
I'm planning on getting a Privilige 37 cat and joining all of you living aboard within 3-5 years. Eventualy I would like to "sail around the world" hopfully with a much bigger cat.
Thanks again. You are an example and a driving force to many landlocked dreamers and achevers.
Just sent you an email. Hope all is well!
Hi, Really enjoyed your Web site. Hoping to do likewise soon (cruising with our dog - Shaun, a beagle). Didn't see Australia on your map. Come on down, you'll love it. Regards Luke and Fran.
Loved my visit aboard your boat. The critters are great. Even liked the recipes. I'm one of those people who never gets to go anywhere; one who waits at the airport to pick-up & drop-off others. I've a bit of wanderlust about now. Linda Fain The Colony, TX
Just checking back in, I always enjoy reading the stories, checking out the pictures of places I'll never go and reading the great recipes (one of these days I'm going to try one of them, probably the drinks first!) You guys are still my idol (as my retirement fund hits in the $20 range!) Happy sailing. Keep in touch. Dawn & Jim
Hi Blaine & Janet,
Thanks again for your advice and help on our trip to Dry Tortugas. Now that I've found your website I'll be checking in more often. Cheers,Ben
Thoroughly enjoyed your website. For Margaret's adventures last summer, into the Med from Dartmouth, Devon, try firstname.lastname@example.org...there is a lot of weather data and the log of the trip. I (Curt) played soldiers with T. Jones and he gave us your address.
Hi Guys, Visiting my daughter and son-in-law in Middletown DE and started browsing. Paul remembered your e-mail address so we went searching. Found you and have enjoyed browsing your site. Sounds like you are having the good life. Way to go. Didn't get a card from Mom & Dad at Christmas so I have no idea what's been going on for the past year. What's new? Found Mom & Dad's web site, so now I can e-mail them a note. Continue your fun and have safe journies. love, Joanie
great website. I have some questions I'll email cause it appears you really equipped your boat well.
Just checking in...really enjoy following all your adventures. Blaine, looks like you are becoming quite a fisherman. You know what they say, Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day...teach a man how to fish....and he'll sit on a boat and drink beer all day. Have fun, guys. Bill
Should exterior cabin doors get Card Readers and panic hardware?
Congratulations on making your dreams come true. Great looking website. Our local hockey team made the playoffs, i wouldnt DARE mention their name, it may be some sort of Jinx.
Take care, John
GREAT NAME FOR ADVENTURE! CHEERS!! May we suggest something to toast. Chateau Carbonnieux white/red They are wonderful Bordeaux Graves wines well worth enjoying.
My wife and I are 30 days from a years leave of absent from work..(GlaxoWellcome or should I say GlaxoSmithKline, Raleigh, NC) or a package and just retire.. We have a Hunter 1993 33.5 and looking forward to living-aboard for a year and maybe more. May the wind be forever on your backs.. Jon and Marcia.. boat name ... Non-linear.
so I'm sitting there in my insurance guys office (Greg Foster)and telling him how bad I wanna go live on a boat.(bigger than my columbia,28)and he tells me of you bum's and gives me your website. I read everybit of it and am envious..but I will get there soon,,,I wish you well and maybe see you in N.C. I am a member of Blackbeards Sailing Club near New Bern, C.dock 17, Dave
LOVE THE NAME
10 more months!!!!--I really love this site. see youin May--Bill & Elaine
Been having fun armchair sailing with your family. Almost the same thing as going along ! Thank You for the experience !
It's really great to "see" you and Janet! We miss you around here. Love this website.
Love your site!
Just wondering how you guys are doing. I'm sailing NEHEMIAH solo now (with friends). Hope to see you both soon.
Very good site. I found it looking for the procedure of renaming a boat. Thanks for the insight. Have fun and happy sailing. --Mike
thank you for your web site. its nice to know someone has gone before us.. so that we can learn from you.
Hi!!! I got your site from Kathy Hart. I've worked for Kathy for over 3 years now. I was talking with her one day at lunch and was telling her about the week at Oriental School of Sailing I had just returned from. She told me your basic story and sent me your URL. I've read a lot of your stuff now. It's sounds like your having a wonderful time. I just bought a used Catalina 22 a couple of weeks ago and hopefully will be sailing (weekends, of course) before the summer is over. I thought you're story on anchoring was very, very, informative. Nice to meet you all. Happy sailing, Wally
Great web-site to share your adventures with others. Nuestra Isla is IP-40 #133 and currently cruising So Cal, Baja and mainland Mexico.
I have read several of your adventures and truly enjoy them. I envy you and the position you both now hold. Your dream is mine as well but will take some time to reach it. I will reach my dream too, and when I do I'll look you up.
Safe seas and good luck. I will continue to follow your adventures
We really enjoyed your beautiful webpage. Made us excited to untie our docklines and head out. Thank you for having this available and sharing the good and not so good experiences. See you guys out there. Best regards, Wilson & Christine Dietrich IP 350 78 CHRISTINE Portland OR
Enjoyable and informative web site.
Could you perhaps add more photos of Max and Bailey--on deck, on the astro-turf, going back into the cabin, and so on?
Just saw your "Hello" on the IP Sailnet and came to your website. Great stuff! After a long career as a corporate engineer, we are readying the house to sell and looking for an IP38 (I think) to live on while we adventure - maybe by this fall. your experiences make me eager to get started! Bill Bacon
Way to go guys! Love your page and the inspiration you provide! Now if my Oracle options treat me well.....
Congrats on completing the "1st phase" of your extended vacation! We enjoy your web site. Best Wishes, Tom & Sue
We have a 60 lb. golden mix (Oliver) and Boo (the black cat)-really enjoyed reading your sailing with pets feature.What kind of surgery did your dogs need? We're Gusto!!!-IP44-10-hoping to leave Dinner Key Marina end of June for 6 months in Abacos.Maybe see you there.
Great web site! I love it! FAQ#1: Why have you not tackled the Pacific? FAQ#2. How do you communicate with friends & family?
firstly let me thank you for sharing your wonderful journeys and adventures with me. secondly let me congratulate you on your wonderful web site. your layout and pictures are the best I have ever seen on the internet. well done!!
We in New Zealand wish you and your pets many nautical miles of happy sailing and good winds.
Enjoyed your pictures and your story. Thanks. IP 27 -- #1
I enjoyed your well lay out site, thanks for sharing. I am in the process ob moving abord my 30 ft Hunter to start living the dream. I am near Largo, Fl where Island Packet is, let me know if I can ever help if needed.
Hello! I'm Aaron Sherrill's aunt - was chatting with him on our family website this morning and he was telling me about your webpage - nicely done! I envy you your adventures!
Wonderful website. Nice to see an old Kellam Alumni doing so well. Happy Sailing to you and your family!! :) Let us know if you are ever n Va. Beach, VA!
You have a very good and interesting web page. Thanks for the feedback on the FP genset.
Good luck on the trip, we hope to do the same thing one day soon. With a border collie and siamese cat.
I just checked your site after some time. I can't believe that you were in the Bald Head marina at the same time that I was passing right by there. I fished offshore from Bald Head on May 12th and 13th and had to go right by the mouth of the marina. Our beach house is several hundred yards from the Oak Island lighthouse, we can see Bald Head. I wish I had known. Hope you guys are having a ball, it certainly sounds like it.
Hope you guys make it up our way in July....If August, be sure to check in with Patrick, since the girls and Mary Ann will be up in Maine.
Very useful site. I love the name - my last name is Charbonneau- and there is much more to the history in North America to our name. Example; the very first settler, to stay in Canada, was a Charbonneau. The first European to view the Rockies, was a Charbonneau, and on and on. I will follow in your lead and name my next boat "Charbonneau 4".
Finally visited your site for the first time...it's great! Hope you sold out of Cisco before it cratered...or at least took some money off the table! I'm retiring July 31, 2001 for good. Hope our paths cross one of these days!
From SF Bay and "Gold Rush" my 30 Islander. You are living the dream. Keep sharing with us and writing.
Fair winds - calm seas!
I've so enjoyed watching your site and adventures. But there are times I do miss the chats with you guys. *hugs* Diane
Great website and info. Particularly liked Blaine's "Power Mamagement" article; very informative but my eyes did not glaze over from techo babble. From a wannabe crusiser; retirement in three years. Thanks
Hey, I enjoyed your web site. Your electrical system information was very helpfull. Thanks
Great site and pictures! Nate
Thank you for sharing your experiences. We are encouraged by them and look forward to a similar lifestyle in the very near future. Regards, Peter, Kittni and Melissa, Falmouth UK
Glad to have run into you on the dock at Norfolk. Thanks for all the dog tips. Maybe our Labs, Rock and Baja, will meet Max and Bailey when you cruise the Chesapeake this fall. We will be on a 36' Nonsuch named Rhoda Lee. P.S. Nicely doen web site!
We love this site, don't stop it's all that keeps us going thru the long cold winters here in the U.P. We are in the process of looking for a bigger boat in which to follow in your footsteps er wake in the next few years when the kids leave the nest. This site is an inspiration, thanks!
Looks like you're having a hack of a good time. I'm so happy that you were able to achieve your dreams! May all of your journeys be blessed.
this page is great i have a golden retriever (female) and thought i would have to give her away so we could cruise but know i am praying that i can convince my parents to atleast give her a chance to be my cruising pup! (thanx & keep up the great work!) by the way cool boat i like the floor plan!
We recently purchased a IP380 Freedom Seeker that we keep at Spring Cove Marina in Rock Hall, MD. Great website.
Finally got to see Charbonneau...She looks great as do all of you. Fair winds and far places.
I stop in monthly to see your exploits and dream! ... Glad to hear you're coming back to NC soon - might need to stop in and buy a couple rounds when you get back to Dixie.... Sail on!
FTB's for the house! On me!
Great website! Chris and I have similar dreams and hope to have a nice liveaboard one day. We don't have stock options so it might be a while.
For now, we are chartering when we can and sailing our Precision 21 when funds are tighter.
Best of luck and happy sailing!
The best site that I have found so far! I enjoyed reading all of your stories. Any ideas with living aboard, and still continuing to work for five more years?
I am good friends of Doug and Valerie Creshaw so I enjoyed very much seeing the picture of their beloved Satori!!!
great site janet! Looks like your having a blast!
I really enjoyed your web site. Hope everything is going well for all of you. Good luck.
Add to http://www.sailcharbonneau.com/QuarantineImport.htm the requirements for Panama listed at http://www.geocities.com/soluciones_67/impex.htm
I'm always interested to know about folks with our surname (Charbonneau) that is. Your web site is neat as is your multi faceted crew!!!! Safe journeys for "Charbonneau" all who sail in her.
Hi, We last spoke when we were both heading north on the ICW this spring (Daytona Beach) I have an IP 35 "Quiet Time". I also had the misfourtune being struck by lightning off the New Jersey shore on the night of 6/11/01. Lost all electronics +. No injuries to the crew thank goodness. How was your incounter with lightning? Bob
Enjoyed reading your web site, especially the logs. I, too, have been bitten by the cruising bug and am learning all I can now waiting for the stock market to recover and bring my dream to reality.
Sorry to hear about the lightening damage, good thing for insurance. Best of luck.
Just checking in on you guys. Wondering if been over the Atlantic yet.
From the name charbonneau you can get two other words in french. the first is (charbon which is coal) and (bonneau which is good water).
Enjoyed your site and especially the "Things that Work" page.
Met you in Elizabeth City last week. We'll send you our dog friendly anchorages from the Chesapeake. This is a great dog website - we're going to pass it along to some friends who are thinking of cruising.
Blaine, I don't know if you know me, but it sure was nice reading "Your dream" and what a blessing it is to have your goals and life before you and your wife. Great dream and vision. It is a wonderful thing to be able to do what you are doing and seeing, watching the creation around you just teeming with life. Wow! it is just exciting just to write and say it.HA!:) Well, you and Janet have a wonderful life, and wonder and watch the STARS at night for me one time.(i'm active duty navy, i miss it sometimes :)
Ahoy send you a nice breeze and special greetings to the doggy, woef woef
Hello, My Mother is a Charbonneau. tom stilwell
Great dream, glad one of us could make it a reality. Vieve les feis de Tousant.
Congratulations, Blaine and Janet! I so happy for both of you. I'm sure you're having a great time. Our family wishes you both a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year filled with God's Blessings!
The Ribeiros - Carlos, Winnie, Alessandra and Gabriella
You're living your dream! What a Blessing! We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed and Prosperous New Year!
Love The Miniards: Tony, Maggie, Elizabeth, Sarah, Hannah, Rebekah and our little dog Max.
Sea Lark IP #128 (1999) Loved the dogs. We have a champagne golden (Lucy) but haven't sailed with her yet. We must have taught her not to go on command. Maybe we will try her in the spring.
I'm Kelly's Dad. Thanks for the web site and pictures. More importantly, thanks for arriving when you did and all the advice and help rendered to Cherokee Rose. I wish you all fair winds. Ron Norton
Hey Guys! I love your website. Thanks for sharing with us. I hope to be sailing in a year or so; living aboard and going on a voyage. Your advice and experiences are educating.
Bubba is my new mobility assistance dog, a 2 year old chocolate lab. We've just begun taking ocassional trips on a 45 ft. sailboat. Should be interesting.
Just bought my first Island Packet this year (IP29). Hoping to someday cut the cord with dry land and set out, following in your footsteps. Thanks for sharing your insights and experiences!
Thanks for allowing me to take a break here at work. It's 12/27 and very quiet. My wife and I own an IP37 which sail out of Annapolis, MD. We share your dream and hope to see you one day, soon. Unfortunately, we are nearly 20 years older than you are, but we are still moving! Take care of yourselves. Mark IP37-17 No Worries
Hi from Kelly Watts sister, Su! Thanks for the pictures of Kelly, Paul and Rosie. Sounds like you are all having a blast! Keep it up and be safe.