I joined this site back in August while I was spending the summer looking to buy my first boat, sail of course. I spent this spring, summer and fall driving up and down the east coast looking at boats I found on yacht world and craigslist and joined here to help with some of the research as I was looking. I pulled the trigger and bought a 1978 C&C 36 in November and felt is was time to finally say Hello.
The boat I bought had spent the last 2-3 years on the hard near Annapolis. At the time of purchase I know it needed some work, but nothing I didn't think I could handle. After spending about a month driving from the Philadelphia area to Annapolis to try to do some of the needed work, I realized that, like any neglected boat, she needed a lot more work then I had anticipated.
During that time I also had the marina finish the work they had done for the previous owner by glassing and fairing the new keel to hull joint. I then had them launch the boat so that I could move the boat north to make the commute to work on the boat easier.
As stated above, this is the first boat I have owned, and will be the first I have sailed in a long time. My fist time sailing was back in the early 80's when at 12 or 13 I spent a summer at Admiral Farragut Academy in Toms River, NJ. A year or two later my father bought his first boat, the one I have the most experience with, a Tanzer 27 that we sailed from the Bohemia River, Kent Island and the Sassafras River. After the purchase, we spent a weekend taking a "learn to sail" course at the Annapolis Sailing School. When I turned 18 my father moved to San Diego and I was unable to sail for a long time. About 10 years ago I took a vacation to the Outer Banks and spent a day renting a Rhodes 22. I have always wanted to get back on the water, but have not been in the position to do so till now.
I still have a lot of work to do on the boat, and many things to relearn about sailing and sailboat ownership. As I am sure that I will be asking many questions in the future, I give you my past so you know where I am coming from.