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Mom came home with a brand new Coronado 15 (Number 164) in 1972. She Bought it from Inland Sailboats in Dallas. I was 14.

She sold it when I left for college.

God I miss that boat!

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My dad and I built a wooden sailing dinghy over one winter when I was about 10 with the help of a sailing friend of my dad's who was also an excellent carpenter. The boat was our tender, but it was also my boat. I sailed it a lot. Sometimes, when we were anchored in one of our favorite (and quiet) spots, I'd sail late into the night under full moon, beam reaching behind the anchored boat, across the creek and back. It was good times.
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When I was 13, my dad gave me his 14' Rhodes Bantam. I had a blast sailing it all over Erie Bay. When I could find crew, I would race it at Erie Yacht Club.

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I'm crossposting from this similar thread - lots of good stories. I had been sailing since my first summer camp at probably 10, and on friends boats and beach cats, but this was the first one _I owned_.

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I'll start, I was 16 yrs old, just learned to drive and was just driving around when I saw it. It was a 16' Tabu homebuilt pretty well constructed of plywood and fiberglass on a trailer, except.. it was in pretty bad condition (hole in the hull, etc) but hey, 200 bucks. Fixed the hole, sanded and painted it, fixed the mast, repaired the mainsail (used nylon fishing line to lash on the sail hanks, etc), all myself and for cheap.

So for my first sail I took her down to lake michigan (8 miles away) and launched her with the help of a friend. A girl I was trying to impress (who was coincidently an experienced sailor with her own hobie cat) was on hand to watch. Pretty much everything went wrong during the launch, and by the time me and my friend got about a mile offshore two things became apparent. First of all, a storm was headed in and a low, planing hull really wasn't equipped for the waves that were starting to be generated. The boat was swamping. Second of all I discovered that the centerboard that had come with the boat was the wrong one, it obviously was barely longer than the well, so basically no centerboard. Ok, should have probably checked that before I started.

At that moment one of the buckets I had for bailing floated out of the boat and away, fortunately I had tied one in so we could still bail. My friend then calmly informed me that he couldn't swim.

I ended up having to get out of the boat and swim it around to point it back to the shore, then scramble in before it took off without me. it was like sailing a rudderless submarine, but we finally got back to shore about a mile and a half down from the boat launch.

The girl had left by the time we got the boat back and she never returned my calls.

It's a miracle I'm still sailing.


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She probably left because she didn't want to have to go out and rescue you.

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i got my frist boat at age 56 yr..... a balboa 26",, me and my wife are loving her. had not sailed for 40 yr. my frist job was renting sunfish on the beach in fl. at 15 yr. after always wanted a boat of my own , now i have her..... ken
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My first time?
Two years ago... age 40... Catalina 30. Her parents were asleep upstairs, so we had to be really quiet. I was trying to pop her bra strap, but it kept getting snagged on her blouse. Anyway, long story short, I didn't have a condom but I didn't care and neither did she. The second I got her knickers down I went for it... six weeks later she missed her period...
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