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Old 08-08-2001
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Novice asking for advice

Go for it................
Be patient enough to let the boat teach YOU.
Read as much as you can - sail trim, boathandling, chart reading, etc.
Take ALL advice from other boaters with a grain of salt.
Dont hurry, but be safe (conservative).
Keep a sharp eye for developing local weather (not covered by NOAA broadcasts) - rapidly developing thunderstorms, etc. If it looks bad and the radio says its going to be GOOD, expect the worst.
Be sure to make your wife a **full and equal partner** in ALL decisions and handling of the boat - MOST IMPORTANT - if you dont follow this you wont ever get a larger boat and/or you will learn to sail ALONE or not at all.
Never ever SHOUT unless to prevent a catastrophy.
Never follow a tight schedule or press hard to reach a port .... unless weather is really threatening.
Get a MUCH bigger anchor and longer rode than the one you have.
Get mosquito netting for the companion way, hatches and opening ports.
Keep it FUN.
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