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post #6 of Old 10-23-2012
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Re: Am I too old to sail ?

Originally Posted by ljustice100 View Post
Bought a Catalina 22 over 10 years ago and it hasnt been in the water in over 6 years! Just want to go sailing before I die ... cant figure out the
I'm 73 and single hand a 32 footer. If you are in reasonable health, then age isn't a big deal. I don't cross oceans, etc. and go when the wind isn't too high. i.e., you can adjust to and select conditions that fit your capabilities. I don't understand " can't figure out rigging". It's straight forward...What did you do in the first 6 years? Internet and sailing books can fix that problem in short order. Go to Bing or Google and pull up pictures of C22's...see how they are rigged. Get some basic sailing books on line or at nearest bookstore and read how boats are rigged and how to use the rigging and controls. Visit marinas nearby and see how similar boats are rigged. Talk with other sailors. Then take the boat out on a low wind day...have someone with you to be an extra set of hands. It'll not go right the first few times, but you learn each time. With low wind, when you do things wrong, the consequences aren't severe. If the wind is blowing higher than you planned on, simply cancel for that day. I only spent 3-4 hours riding on a sailboat...then bought one and a couple of basic books. Learned to sail by myself. It's not that difficult. Just do it (with advance study as mentioned above). (And if you have courses available nearby, take one...many of your concerns will be handled instantly.) If you discover you are missing parts, go to an online store and get the needed parts...there's Catalina Direct (they specialize in C22's), Sailnet, Defender, West Marine and others. If you still don't understand a particular part issue, ask the supplier by voice. Most can answer your questions.
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