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Re: Just beginning to shop around... would love feedback/ideas...
Ahoy there -
I just came across this thread; I spent a bit of time going back and reading the history. I love your spirit! Back in the late 90's, my wife and I, along with our golden retriever. Live aboard a Paceship 26, pretty much the same as a C27. We were in Baltimore, so much close in the winter and hotter than hell in the summer, with 100% humidity to boot. But we loved it. Going sailing was a bit of a chore (packing everything up so it would crash on the first gust), so picked up a sunfish for cheap and kept it across the dock in the shallow side. Come home from work, grab a beer and the dog, haul up the halyard, and I'm underway in 5 minutes, relaxing in the sunset. I highly recommend a sailing dinghy; the small boats are a great way to learn, especially as the consequences (capsizing) are a bit closer to hand. You learn respect for the elements that a keelboater can ignore...
I'm in Sausalito myself; just picked up a Farallon 29 that needs interior workings. I'm curious about your live aboard marina; when I was looking for slips, they were all warning me that no liveaboards were allowed. Fortunately my GF lives close, so it will be more of a retreat, but I'd like the option...
I've taught sailing most of my life; PM me and I'd be happy to give you a hand getting comfortable with docking. As someone here said earlier, it's all about spring lines. And, as the Brits say, keeping calm and carrying on.