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Avoid lightning... that's a bad one.. Don't let the boom hit you... that's a bad one too.

Welcome to sailnet. I'd highly suggest you read the post in my signature to help you get the most out of your time here on sailnet.

I'd also recommend you get and read and use as a reference, David Seidman's book, The Complete Sailor. It is one of the best written, basic sailing primers and covers a fairly wide range of subjects as well as has good (and amusing) illustrations to back the writing up.

Joining a sailing club or yacht club is a good idea, if it gets you time on boats. Before trying to buy your first boat, sail on as many different types of boats as you can, so you can at least have an idea of what you're looking for in a first boat. Crewing on weekly beer can races is also a good way to get a lot of experience, since a lot of what you learn racing applies to cruising.

A few things to remember:
  • If you're thinking about reefing the sails, do it.
  • One hand for you, one hand for the boat.
  • When singlehanding, wear your PFD and STAY ON THE BOAT. That means using a tether and harness.
  • Don't hit anyone else's boat. Don't get hit by anyone else's boat.
  • Pointy end forward, black side down, big stick up.


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Telstar 28
New England

You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.

—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)

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