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Re: Questions of living and travelling under sail..
Carl's Sailing Calculator
is a free website that allows you to view data on many sailboats as well as compare their predictive sailing characteristics or enter data on any monohull sailboat and run the calculations.
I am from Louisiana myself and did not grow up in a sailing or boating experience other than the typical 15' fishing boat in Lake Pontchartrain and such. I was a military aviator, flying a wing or flying a sail, the experience is the same to me both wonderful. I have owned Harley's, Triumph's and my current ride is BMW. I can tell you easily to sell the bike get the boat, Boats can take you where bikes cannot, more than physical locations, and their are always bikes when you get to your various destinations to rent or purchase if want.
Suggestions above about crewing on various boats is a great idea though it still can be difficult to get the crewing experience for someone unfamiliar with the sailing scene. God knows "Cut Off" is near enough water, find all the marinas within a 4 hour drive, should be a slew between Madisonville, the North Shore and New Orleans; start hanging out at the one's with sailboats. Take some boating classes through Coast Guard or U.S. Power Squadron. One thing should lead to another.
Thanks for the info!
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