I'd point out that buying a boat and refurbishing and commisioning it yourself with the help of a more knowledgeable sailor would be a very good way to get a jump start on many of the skills I mentioned.
I'd also point out that tying knots is kind of a pre-requisite for sailing... and you'd best be able to tie at least four knots:
The Bowline—often used for connecting the sheets to the headsail's clew
The Round Turn and Two-half-hitches—good for tieing fenders to stanchion bases or docklines to pilings
The cleat hitch—if you can't figure why you need this, you shouldn't be on a sailboat.
and the Buntline Hitch—a good, semi-permanent knot, for attaching halyards to shackles.
Originally Posted by Cal28
and shaking my head .. knowing I am planning on cruising in 4 years .. and realizing the many skills to acquire .. not to mention basic sailing experience ..
and this from a man who believes that one of the greatest inventions ever was the loafer .. cause I couldn't tie my shoelaces ..
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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.
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