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Lessons Learned Today (Vol. 1, Ch. 1)

The Admiral and I went on our first sail (on our own) on our new-to-us boat today. Here is what we learned (in order):
  • The lagoon in the middle of the canal we transit has an island in it. Stay at least 20' off that island going out, as the depth rapidly changes from 8' to 3.5'. This is detrimental to the forward motion of a boat that has a 5' draft.
  • Powerboats do have their uses. (See above.)
  • When attaching lines for towing, don't make 'em real permanent-like, as you may want to get 'em off quickly.
  • Don't get your digits between a rapidly tightening line and a cleat.
  • When attaching the main halyard, make sure it's behind all the shrouds, otherwise the main, she don't go all the way up.
  • When attaching the jib sheets, get 'em outside all the lifelines and stanchions, not just most of 'em.
  • Before assuming you ran both jib sheets incorrectly: Check. Otherwise you might find yourself having untied a perfectly good jib sheet.
  • When the forecast calls for a fairly significant change in wind direction, probably be best to get out well before said change is predicted to occur, or wait until well after, for odds are good that, if you're out there in the "middle," the wind, she will go away entirely.
Nonetheless: We did sail her, we did get her up to 4-1/2 kts in light and variable winds, and we didn't break anything .

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