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How foolish I was! Is there such a thing as a thousandth chance ? Here I am now, without a boat and without money. And I project those mental images of myself aboard a backyard-found wreck of the tiniest kind of boat, shredded sails and loose rig, sailing the vast and open ocean in a quest for salvation. Are the times of Joshua gone altogether, when a man would feel at home in every port of the way, receiving all the help he needs to refit and sail on ?

If freedom was a matter of course, one could not appreciate it. But if there is no more hope then all is lost altogether!

Is a sailor who gives to the sea worthy of that name. There shall be hope, and there shall also be salvation, for him who clings on 'till the end, 'til the storm has passed and the skies come clear.

I am a Man. I live truthfully. I hold on to the hopes of a better time. And today I declare loud and clear that I will live on.

And, I, will have my boat.

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Well... I'm not sure what that first post was about... but Welcome to Sailnet. I'd highly recommend you read this POST to help you get the most out of sailnet.

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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
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her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.

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Its about not giving up. Thank you Iv read that post. I just wanted to put the relation to getting my boat in perspective. Thats how I feel it is. I coulda got a boat a thousand times but just put it aside over and over. Now I know what I have to do. Im selling everything I have. Just ordered the Annapolis book of seamanship, heard it was a good book to learn the basics. Then gather some more money and find a boat. Before it is too late. I guess it'll depend a lot on my budget. I probably need at least 25 feet for ocean passages. But then again, Ill have to make do with what I can get. Time is running out ! Can anyone picture the crossing of the Pacific with a 2000$ boat ? Now that would be something !
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I'd recommend you get David Seidman's The Complete Sailor as well. About $16.

I'd also recommend you look at James Baldwin's Boat List

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How foolish I was! Is there such a thing as a thousandth chance ? Here I am now, without a boat and without money. And I project those mental images of myself aboard a backyard-found wreck of the tiniest kind of boat, shredded sails and loose rig, sailing the vast and open ocean in a quest for salvation. Are the times of Joshua gone altogether, when a man would feel at home in every port of the way, receiving all the help he needs to refit and sail on ?

If freedom was a matter of course, one could not appreciate it. But if there is no more hope then all is lost altogether!

Is a sailor who gives to the sea worthy of that name. There shall be hope, and there shall also be salvation, for him who clings on 'till the end, 'til the storm has passed and the skies come clear.

I am a Man. I live truthfully. I hold on to the hopes of a better time. And today I declare loud and clear that I will live on.

And, I, will have my boat.
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Thank you again saildog, I like that list. And Ill try to get my hands on the complete sailor ! Do you guys know of a good book about celestial navigation ?

And about being OK, the expression comes from a military slang for Zero Kill, meaning nobody's dead. I guess Im OK then. Ahahah ! That was dense writing so I apologize for those of you who have a headache now.

That list saildog has a 20 footer on it !!! Now Im impressed, but like he said, it wouldn't be recommended for high latitudes sailing. So how big of a boat does someone need to round Horn in Summer ? Has someone ever been around with a small boat ? How small ? What was the sea like ? Thank you in advance !
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If you're wanting to learn CN, then I'd recommend this book. Basically, everything you need to learn CN but the sextant...about $20



I'd also recommend getting Bruce Bauer's book, The Sextant Handbook.

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Thank you again saildog, I like that list. And Ill try to get my hands on the complete sailor ! Do you guys know of a good book about celestial navigation ?

And about being OK, the expression comes from a military slang for Zero Kill, meaning nobody's dead. I guess Im OK then. Ahahah ! That was dense writing so I apologize for those of you who have a headache now.

That list saildog has a 20 footer on it !!! Now Im impressed, but like he said, it wouldn't be recommended for high latitudes sailing. So how big of a boat does someone need to round Horn in Summer ? Has someone ever been around with a small boat ? How small ? What was the sea like ? Thank you in advance !

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Glad to help.

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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
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