Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Long Island, NY
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Re: Is Boating right for me?
When I decided to try sailing (10 years ago) I didn't know anyone who sailed. I had a small amount of money to put in (under $5000), so I figured "why not?" and just jumped in. With $5000 to spend, going to boat shows would not be productive.
I blame it all on my wife. We were sitting in traffic returning from a weekend in our 27' motorhome, when she said 'you know, we live on an island, we should get a boat.' One thing led to another, and the next thing I know I was on all sorts of sailing sites looking up trailerable sailboats.
After a month or so of research, I looked at a number of boats and then bought an early 80's Catalina 22. I paid $4500 for the boat, and I figured that as long as I didn't sink her I had to get back SOME of the money if I determined that sailing wasn't for me. No one but me inspected it, but C22's are pretty simple, and, thanks to the internet, I knew some things to look at.
We spent the first season trailer sailing the boat. The sailing was great, the tow / rig / launch / recover / stow / tow home stuff was not. Second season was on a mooring and that was great.
Been sailing happily ever since.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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