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Re: From Dinghy Sailor to Cruising
Sounds like you're doing most of the right things: reading and keeping your ears open. If the seller is offering boathandling lessons, that's great. Each boat has its own idiocyncracies, so he'll be able to fill you in on details that might otherwise turn into very expensive lessons. What are you getting? A C&C will offer different perspectives than a Catalina or a Cape Dory.
Of course, nothing beats the actual doing, to see how your new boat actually performs when you have to pick up a mooring, or come in to the fuel dock in a cross-current, or to pick up a MOB. It's like the question to the cab driver - how do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice!
Last edited by paulk; 06-03-2013 at 08:40 PM.