Join Date: Mar 2006
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You get there by cruising and sailing...
So get a boat... preferably a smaller cruising boat, say 30-35' LOA, and move aboard it.
Start by daysailing and getting to know your boat and its systems. Then work your way up to overnight cruises, week long cruises and then short open water sails, etc...
The better you know your boat and the better you know how to repair and maintain it, the better off you'll be. Learn all the systems on your boat and learn how to keep the boat running. You'll need to learn fiberglass, plumbing, electrical, mechanical and rigging skills.
I'd recommend you take at least the basic ASA 101 course again as a foundation and a refresher. If you can fit them in, take the ASA 103, 104, 105 courses.
Some books that I would highly recommend you get:
Dave Seidman's The Complete Sailor
Richard K. Hubbard's Boater's Bowditch
Larry & Lin Pardey's The Capable Cruiser
Don Casey's Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual
Nigel Calder's Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual
Don Casey's Good Old Boat
Beth Leonard's The Voyager's Handbook
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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
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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