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Old 08-04-2011
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Our first boat was in Dana Point (you should know where that is). We bought a little 26 footer. The first time we took her out we slammed into two-foot swells at about 20 seconds. We had forgotten to batten things down, and so on top of those horrendous seas, we had cabinets slamming and things flying. We were scared!

Seriously, it was our first time out and we didn't know what to expect. You get used to things as you stretch your limits a bit each time. Now we sail to Catalina Island every chance we get. We've been in everything from a glassy sea to 15 footers, and we know we can handle whatever comes up.

We've done 4-5 day sailing trips and sailed for hundreds of miles, at times being over 50 miles off-shore and not in sight of land. Now we are completely comfortable with this. That first time that you sail out of sight of land is a bit daunting. You realize that it's just you and the water, and you gain a lot of respect for the ocean and all those that went before you. You also start REALLY listening to the old salts and their advice!

Now we're about three-quarters through planning an extended voyage. Most of the staples bought and bought radar for the boat today. You can do it, too. Just take small steps, read, and listen to advice from others.
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