Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Swarthmore, PA
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Talk about thread drift! Let's look back at the OP's message:
I am dabbling with the idea of sailing someday. It is one of my dreams to sail accross an ocean...
It's clear that this guy is a long way off from an ocean passage. It will be many years before he is ready to sail across the ocean, and he may never work up to that point. But that's OK - sailing is about the journey, not the destination. If it were about the latter, there are other faster/cheaper/easier ways to get there.
I suggest that the OP get started with a sailing school, or find a friend who owns a boat, or if he wants to dive in head first buy a daysailor and start learning and enjoying in protected waters. Only then can he answer the other questions that he has asked. If he never gets to cross an ocean, he'll still have a lot of fun.
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2001 Catalina 34MkII Breakin' Away (at Rock Hall Landing Marina)
PO of 1998 Catalina 250WK Take Five (new owners relocated to Baltimore's Inner Harbor)
1991 17' Trophy (Lake Wallenpaupack)
1985 14' Phantom (Lake Wallenpaupack)