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post #8 of Old 04-08-2004
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And a handheld VHF is a good idea, I think we all keep an eye on the smaller boats when we are entering and leaving. Just since Jan. of this year I have heard keelboats calling Harbor Patrol to assist small boats many times, probably good to have your own if no one''s around. Most sailors have been in centerboard (or leeboard) boats, and probably most have been knocked down. I started as a kid in Sabots and it was a required drill. When the Santana winds would start unexpected it came in real handy to know how to right the boat, and with that how to keep things a little flatter as mentioned. Didn''t take too long to catch on and later sailed 14'' boat in ALL kinds of conditions without putting it wrongside down, thankfully, would have been harder to upright. Personally, I like keelboats at my age cause I don''t like getting THAT wet anymore.
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