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post #7 of Old 09-10-2012
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Re: Rookie on a San Juan 21

Advice? Have fun. Stay onshore when the weather looks questionable. Learn how to anchor before heading out and the first thing you should practice after figuring out how to raise the sail is not how to make the boat go forward, but rather how to make the boat sit still in the water with the sail up (called heaving to). Heaving to can save your a$$ if you need to work something out with the sail up, or if you are having trouble getting the sail down or reefed, or if you need to read the instructions for the next step but can't with the boat screaming through the water laid over at 30 degrees.

DO NOT PACK MUCH WEIGHT, and what you do pack keep stowed low and centered. The sailing part will be the easy part once you start to mess around and figure it out. Good boating safety and general boat handling will take you a long way to having a safe enjoyable trip.

Take a marine radio, pfd, emergency food and water, appropriate clothing for getting wet and cold, and signaling devices.

Welcome to sailnet and come back here often, it is a great resource.

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