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post #8 of Old 11-04-2012
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Re: 1st Aid at Sea & Important Like Items to Carry

HIGHFLY: 6months experience huh? That's great you're going to take another 3 day course but that isn't going to give you the ability to make decisions when it all goes to shyt. That comes from experience and sailing w/ others more experienced than yourself. Sure, some people have bought a boat and sailed away w/ NO experience but I lump them into the GOD HAD MERCY ON THEM category.

Instead of spending your time worrying about how to handle all the really tough things, get a smallish boat and sail the hell out of it in places where if you overreach you can still get help.

Just from your posts it's pretty obvious you are NOT at a skill level where you should be worrying about needing an EPIRB, pirates, how to contact the CG, etc. Dream about that in an armchair next to a fire this winter. When you can, get out and sail so you understand the principles of trim, apparent wind speed and angle. Learn how to use the SIX (6) lines that *most* boats have to shape and control a mainsail. Can you steer a straight course? At night? Can you trim your sails so they are efficient and then sail to the telltales?
Not trying to burst your bubble, but it sounds like you are putting the boat way ahead of the skipper.

PS. Proper spelling helps people take you more seriously.

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