Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Gaithersburg, MD
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As a 60 year old person who loves water and sailing I suggest you take some time and decide what you like and don't like, and more important, what you can and can't do on a boat. My Catalina 27 is setup to sail almost entirely form the cockpit; I have roller furling and lazy jacks so unless I want to, there is little need to go up on deck while sailing. But my reason for that is I have bad knees. I have made arrangements to adjust my boat to my abilities and I love sailing. I sail about half the time alone or solo or even shorthanded.
You need to figure if you like the wild and dangerous side of sailing or want to embrace the more comfortable side. After you decide you need to go searching for a boat. Finding a boat is much like searching for a mate, you don't just marry the first gal willing to hop into bed with you; instead you need to find the right girl. So too with boats. Take your time and do your homework and you will love sailing for a long time.
Sailing on The Central Chesapeake Bay, West River, MD on my Catalina 27, Aelous II with my wife and friends.
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