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Fort Lauderdale, FL
About Me:
Recently retired former captain of yachts (both sail and power) and small commercial craft for 18 years and a dozen years of repairing and restoring boats.

Sailed across the Atlantic in '91 and then single-handed my 26 footer to Mexico, Belize and the Rio Dulce, Guatemala and back from Fort Lauderdale.

Recently approved for legal residence status (Pensionado) in Republic of Panama and preparing to move permanently in the next few months.
Current location:
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Destinations visited:
The U.S. east coast from Cape Cod to Florida several times.

Delivery of motor yacht from Chicago to Fort Lauderdale via lakes Michigan, Huron, Erie Canal, Hudson River. Single-handed ICW from Mile 0.

Delivery of sailboat from Chicago to Fort Lauderdale via Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico.

Captain of 65' Hatterass in New Orleans

Captain of crew boats in the Louisiana oil fields for 7 years.

Mate on tug and barge delivering fuel to ships in the Mississipi.

Captain of 85' motorsailer in Antibes, France. Touched port in Mallorca and Marbella, Spain, Gibralter, Las Palmas and Puerto Rico, Grand Canary, St. Thomas.

Also everything from Isla Mujeres, Mexico to the Rio Dulce, Guatemala.
Looking to:
One more good adventure.

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a fictionalized account of the ill-fated fourth voyage of the Admiral of the Ocean Sea (Christopher Columbus) is now available to download to your Kindle at:…


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At 9:24am on December 16, 2011, ___/)ances With Sails said…

happy holidays richard.  hope yer enjoyin yer new explorations.  keepin ye in mind my friend.  God Bless.


At 9:14am on May 26, 2011, Richard said…

Why don't you ask me a simple question, Pat? Something high is up? much does a boat cost?

This forum restricts comments to 2,000 characters, so I can't give you the answer I want. So I'll say this...Lauderdale became too big, too crowded and too expensive, not to mention the crime. The place I loved turned into a place I couldn't stand over a 40+ year span.

Economics has a lot to do with it. Bottom line, playing around on boats most of my life wasn't financially rewarding and, in retirement, I simply can't afford to live in my own country anymore. Panama has wonderful benefits for retirees and I can afford to live here. It is also listed by Forbes, Money Magazine and others as one of the top 10 places for retirees to live in.

If you'd like to see what I've been doing in the past year it's all on my blog: /

Go back to June 2009 for the start of my time here.

As for boating, the Bocas del Toro archipelago isn't a shabby place for boaters.




At 11:42pm on May 25, 2011, Pat Daly said…

Richard, why did you decide on Panama as your home? Just wondering since Fort Lauderdale is such a great boating related community.


At 11:08pm on March 4, 2010, ___/)ances With Sails said…
Richard, bout time I heard from ye. Let me know th ticker still tickin' Happy Birthday Buddy!

At 11:17am on April 29, 2009, ___/)ances With Sails said…
Can't wait to see your house. Your web page is interesting. You've got some great ideas to go with. Congrads on your've done it all now. I toast ye -cheers!

Keep on keepin on.

At 3:14pm on April 25, 2009, ___/)ances With Sails said…
Hey Richard, how ye been feelin? Havent seen ye round long time. Was wonderin ye still kickin. Started that trip yet? Take it easy friend.
At 2:47pm on March 17, 2009, sailorgirlca said…
Richard, afraid you may have confused me with another.......didn't leave that comment.....don't even know who lew hacklett is......
At 1:48pm on December 1, 2008, ___/)ances With Sails said…
What's your opinion on a '74 ericson 29? Please.
At 10:56pm on November 24, 2008, Manolo said…
I was in a similar situation but I kept the boat. The best trade I ever made
At 9:01am on October 5, 2008, Andrea said…
How's the search going? Franc and I were boatless for about 6 months and it was tough. ...Not having access to go visit the boat and do some projects to prep it for the next sailing season. I found this link for the Albergs. not sure if you have seen it yet, but hopefully it helps.

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