keel / draft questions
good points about the difference between offshore and coastal i hadnt thought about. absolutely correct on navigation, im not yet there, but learning more all the time. the sailing school also has courses in celestial navigation. going to take it. gps and chartplotters are very nice devices, and i have used a gps. but would like to learn where i am if all the batteries go dead. went sailing on a friends boat the other week. went about 10 miles out. its an older cal 35 in excellent condition. very comfortable old gal, and still moves pretty good. will take your advice and try to sail on as many as possible. i joined a yacht club to get a discount on sailing lessons. meeting more people all the time, lots of em willing to take me along if i yank the ropes lol. thanks for the input paul. much appreciated. best regards, j.d.