This is why I have always stated that most sailors are better seaman than powerboaters. Sailors have to know more in order to succeed at sailing a boat....where a powerboater only has to turn the keep, drop the throttle and turn the wheel...
With no sailing experience whatsoever, I bought a Grampian 23 last year that I had to move about 30 miles up the Chesapeake. Fortunately, I had a couple of avid sailor friends, and we got it all home in one piece. If it hadn't been for the friends, I wouldn't have known even how to raise the sails.
I have lots of experience on the water but none with sailing. Whereas in addition to steering the powerboat has four basic parts (forward, reverse, fast and slow) the sailboat has a squillion parts and you have to know where they all connect.
But, I'm learning. The SN forum is a great resource.
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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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