Re: Reassurance and your thoughts?
Same here. Myself and Crazy Cat took some basic lessons on an Ensign 23 and then bought a Pearson 26 without much knowledge and having NEVER been on a sail or motor boat. We're in our 40's so it hasn't been a quick or natural learning experience. Having an experienced and patient sailor, in our case Sailnet's "Davidpm" was a huge help and still is (reference a recent furler install fiasco we posted). There are folks out there that you can hire or just want to sail that you'll find. Having help getting acquainted with your boat and particularly the bumper-pool event that we call docking is what made the decision for us to keep going despite our typical abject terror.
We started by posting a request for help on Craiglist and went from there.
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