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Old 06-17-2013
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Re: Insane?

Make like nike, and just do it.

In some ways, it is easier to learn to sail on a larger boat especially for those of us who are on the far side of 40 - more stable in chop, wider decks, bigger cockpits, are nice because, let's face it, we are wider and bigger and less agile then we used to be.

You've got a background in the fundamentals- the one reccommendation i can offer is to run reefed and furled in the short term- the sail area and the forces are much much greater than on a 33 and exponentially bigger than your 19, and things happen real hard, real fast when you have a ton of canvas up.
Docking is different on a big boat (I sail a 23 footer- anything over 30 feet qualifies as "big' IMO),- practice, practice, practice. a 43' boat means that it is not just over twice as long as your 19 footer...it is almost twice as wide, and easily 3 times as high- that's a lot of windage to get accustomed to, and the only way to get good at it is to do it. spend an afternoon repeatedly docking.
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