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post #48 of Old 09-22-2010
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As a sportfisherman for over 40 years, I bought a 25 foot sailboat and the book Sailing for Dummies... I took to the water, had a few friends who had just bought a sailboat too and we taught each other... The book was very valuable. Having prior knowledge of rules of safe boating, navigation, etc was a plus... It's 4 years later and I finally did Blue Water Coastal sailing this summer...

It wasn't a no brainer... but when I look at things, I can usually figure them out... as I did with Sailing... It's great fun and I like the sound of no engine on the boat...

By the way, I had sailed once before in 34 years ago on a rented Sunfish... I was doing fine when the craft became sluggish and flipped on its side. As I righted it, I saw a slice in the bottom about 6 inches long with water running out... I righted it but couldn't go anywhere... I was towed back into the dock as I sat in the "bathtub". My rental fee was cheerfully refunded and my experience lasted about 15 minutes...

Every Sail is a learning experience, everytime you set out...

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