Questions and Advice for that first BIG sail in a new(OLD) boat - Page 3 - SailNet Community
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #21 of 23 Old 08-11-2013
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: SF - South Bay
Posts: 598
Thanks: 1
Thanked 22 Times in 22 Posts
Rep Power: 8
Re: Questions and Advice for that first BIG sail in a new(OLD) boat

Don't ignore kerosene/paraffin/oil lamps - they may seem old fashioned, but put out a lot of warm, cosy light. Especially if you are short of power; an oil anchor light can be bought fairly cheaply, hoisted up on a halyard, and will last all night...many boats already have an oil lamp down below. With care (and battery operated GPS and flashlights for backup) you'll be surprised at how little electricity you'll need.

As others have said, your other priority should be safety equipment (*VHF*, flares, fire extinguishers, etc). Documentation. Check you have good ground tackle, so you can stop and enjoy life on the way! And a tender with a small motor can do wonders in terms of getting supplies, even slow towing/nudging the big boat!

Sounds like a fun experience. Close to land, an experienced boat in convey - yeah, sounds wonderful! I'm jealous!

(Forgot to say, congrats on the new boat, it looks awesome :-))

Last edited by paul323; 08-11-2013 at 07:21 PM. Reason: last sentence:-O!
paul323 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
post #22 of 23 Old 08-12-2013
Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Cape Cod
Posts: 1,274
Thanks: 16
Thanked 74 Times in 72 Posts
Rep Power: 8
Re: Questions and Advice for that first BIG sail in a new(OLD) boat

Engine-less...Good for you!

OK, here's my check list of in order of priority before I'll take a boat anywhere:

1. Watertight - make sure it ain't gonna sink. Thru hulls, etc...
2. Rudder - make sure I can steer it, including quadrant, cables, rudder gland, tiller and the rudder ain't gonna break off.
3. Sail - make sure I can sail it. The rig ain't gonna fall on my head, and sails and running rigging work.
4. Stop - make sure I've got a good anchoring system.

5. Power - you're choosing to skip this one, so it gets replaced with a perfect weather window and tow services.

Everything else is a luxury.

Good luck and sail on
capecodda is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #23 of 23 Old 08-12-2013
Senior Member
blutoyz's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 661
Thanks: 10
Thanked 14 Times in 13 Posts
Rep Power: 5
Re: Questions and Advice for that first BIG sail in a new(OLD) boat

She sure is pretty...enjoy
blutoyz is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook

advice , running rigging

Quick Reply

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Advice for gusty conditions? Got a few Questions! NewportNewbie General Discussion (sailing related) 16 02-26-2013 05:34 PM
Hello(questions regarding why you sail) umpalumpa General Discussion (sailing related) 6 09-15-2011 02:51 PM
Some sail area math questions... Alstare Gear & Maintenance 17 06-17-2011 12:16 PM
First Sail on my own boat - Observations and questions donhaller Learning to Sail 22 07-07-2009 12:54 PM
Catalina 27 sail questions???? wildcard Gear & Maintenance 8 05-20-2007 05:40 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome