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post #8 of Old 07-20-2004
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We started your way...we never took lessons...we read the general rules of behavior and physics and made the commitment and bought a boat and figured out the rest on our own with lots of common sense and observation and questions to others and reading magazines...first we had a catamarand, then 4 years later we got a Cal 25 we had 17 years and now we live aboard an Island Packet we have
moved on up and taking on the ocean now.

If you really are serious you will make it happen and quit talking about it. That never got anybody out on the water!! Just don''t risk anyone elses life until you know what you are doing!!! And use all the safety stuff.

I wonder how many times we took that cat out and forgot to put in the plugs until we were half sunk!!! We tipped over the first day and it was uphill from there. We lost anchors, ran aground, let the main halyard go up the mast, backwinded the jib, acci-tacked, and acci-jibbed all the time before we learned....what a laugh to remember...but we didn''t put anyone in danger...kept our distance...just clumsy!!!

Experience is the best teacher!!!

Lexxy on Cyan FLA for now
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