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A friend of a friend has a small sloop and has invited me go along this morning to take the boat from his dock to a marina to be hauled for repairs. This will be my 1st sail! I'm so excited!

Just Gotta SAIL - James in Alabama
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You will never forget your first, sail that is. Alabama has great sailing, you may want to start on the many lakes that you have before you proceed to the Alabama Gulf Coast. If you are close to Logan Martin Lake, here is a nice sailing club, they will let you walk the docks.
Enjoy and congrats!!! Even though you be from Alabama

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Congrats. I'm sure you'll have a blast. Hope you get some nice winds.

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Sounds like fun, lets just hope what needs fixing doesnt tear up on the way.

Im from Alabama, but not costal Alabama. What part of Bama are you from?

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Cool, James..

Keep us posted.

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Awesome!!!

A couple of pointers:

1) Always pee off the high side of the boat
2) If you feel squeamish, go down below and stay there. Don't look out any windows and find a snug but humid compartment near the nice warm engine. It helps. Put your foulies on while doing so. Try to imagine eating a big dish of runny eggs while sitting inside the worst-smelling jiffy-john imaginable. It'll make you glad you're not wherever there is.
3) Red buoys mean "Stop".
4) Use square knots for everything.
5) Any time the skipper asks you to do something, roll your eyes and say "that's not how we do it back home". If that annoys him, then say "that's what SHE said" after everything he says.

You'll be an old salt in no time!
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nice! we expect a full trip report!

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BUMMER......... The trip was postponed. I hardly slept a wink last night, I woke up, wrote this post then jumped in the car to make my way down to Destin. Rob called about the time I hit the Florida line and said it was calling for rain and we'd try and do it later in the week. I'm so bummed out. I have too much work to do and this was the only day I had free this week.

Something else will come up soon I hope. I got the word out that a new old salt is looking for a sailboat ride.

Perit, I live in Florala, south of Opp on 331.

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Just do us all one favor...
Do not go to the bow, do not stand on the pulpit....

Do not shout "I'm king of the world!!!!"...
at least not without being alone, and very drunk... (embarrassing)

Otherwise,
Woo-Hoo!!!!

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Some people are like slinkies: not really good for anything... but you can't help laughing when you push them down the stairs
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