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Old 07-07-2013
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Re: Slip or Mooring Can?

New to sailing, you really need to be in a slip first. You need to learn to handle your boat in every possible condition under power, docking bow first and stern first. Also the security of plugging in to shore power should there be any problems requiring electricity (lights, pumps) or even help, for someone unfamiliar with shipboard equipment is really invaluable.
As time progresses you can cut your umbilical and spend week ends on your anchor or mooring until you are comfortable that the boat can survive w/o shore power and then you can move to a permanent mooring.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
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