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Re: Looking for experienced sailor(s) for trip from Georgia to Maryland

Mast height? Keel depth?
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My concern over budget isn't food or a bus ticket.
It would be over the ability or willingness to make the boat ready for sea.
A novice sailor and new old boat owner with very little money is not a good formula.
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Re: Looking for experienced sailor(s) for trip from Georgia to Maryland

What time frame are they looking to do this trip? Where in Baltimore (or near there)?
I'm *assuming* they plan on doing da ditch...

More details about this couple; ages, physical abilities or disabilities. Like, is the guy a know it all (insert profession here) that thinks he can do anything after taking a class?
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Re: Looking for experienced sailor(s) for trip from Georgia to Maryland

Well good for them I hope they enjoy it. Sometimes the best way to learn to swim is to jump headfirst. I myself came within a hair of buying a 36 Catalina and had only been on a sailboat one time before. And in hindsight I wish I had but I chose to do the slow learn before I buy (Still the best decision) and if they can find someone who can show them some ropes on the way to MD good and never let them forget you sometimes get what you pay for
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Re: Looking for experienced sailor(s) for trip from Georgia to Maryland

What is the sailboat and what are the specs, giving the right scenario, I would consider getting them (outside) from Brunswick to Port Royal Sound (HHI or Beaufort, SC) Lots of questions...

And although a bit unorthodox, it is good to have new sailors in the community!
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Re: Looking for experienced sailor(s) for trip from Georgia to Maryland

I suspect, since the OP has not posted for a bit, that all of those questions would be answered over the phone if one is seriously considering helping out the couple.
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Re: Looking for experienced sailor(s) for trip from Georgia to Maryland

I think too much is made of boat size. I had a Sunfish as a kid and didn't sail for years until this past spring. I spent a week on a 50' Beneteau in the BVI's this spring. I came home, did my 101 and 103 soon after, then bought a new 45'. Yes it's big but I am now sailing it single handed and docking it myself. Yes I've had some tense moments but it's getting better. I'm just saying, it can be done, and yes I probably bit off a big chunk, but unfortunately life is not going to sit around and wait for me. I'm running out of time.

These folks should hire an experienced Captain to get them to their home location, just as I had, fortunately dealer supplied. Hint hint. I would have paid for it though anyway, the experience was invaluable. I now have much greater respect for that kind of experience. I plan to hire someone this spring to help me better understand the finer points of tuning. Money well spent.
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Re: Looking for experienced sailor(s) for trip from Georgia to Maryland

In many ways larger boats are easier than smaller ones. Things generally happen more slowly. Unfortunately when something does go pear-shaped it can be ... unpleasant.

There is a line in the movie "Wind" that comes to mind: the big boats get the glory but the small boats make the sailor.

I treasure my time in 420s in college. I learned a lot that is useful to this day. My time on J/22s and small Catalinas helps me while singlehanding boats to 60 feet.

I've done lots of owner-aboard deliveries that are as much about learning as moving the boat. I love to hear back from customers who have tackled longer and longer passages after sailing with me. I'm proud of those customers, now friends because they don't need my delivery services anymore. It may not be good business *grin* but it makes me feel good.
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