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Thanks for all the responses.

I think some of my nervousness is due to unfamiliarity with the boats nuances.

Take for example: Leaving our mooring field: We must motor close to a seawall to exit. At this point I am not confident enough to sail out of the rather crowded mooring basin. Therefore, when the rock wall is a boatlength to leeward it gives me an unease feeling when the engine rpms oscillate a bit. On my last boat, I would always have at least a few modes of propulsion available (the OB, quick mainsail raising, rudder sculling, kedging-off...). On this boat, I just don't feel like I have any good alternatives ready to go.

I know it is just a matter of working out the details on a number of different issues. Just have to accept being back on the steep part of the learning curve again
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Yeah, no worries...you'll get confidence once you've had some time with the old girl. I twice had our Volvo break down this summer on a 3 month cruise. It just takes time, money and patience to get things back in order. I keep our boat in as good of condition as I possibly can, but things can and will still come up.

By the way, I second the advice of getting Tow Boat U.S. towing insurance. If you're a Boat U.S. member the insurance is only about $35/yr. and can come in handy. I was towed once this summer when the engine died 3 miles offshore on a dead calm day. The tow bill was nearly $600 but I didn't pay a dime and was safe in the harbor within 2 hours.
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I have felt that way, but I always go over it. New old boats are always a challenge, but you can make it all work.
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WS -- Did you get a new mizzen boom put on? How did it go?
Really enjoyed our sail last winter/spring while our boat was on the hard.

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Hi Brad. I rigged a temporary boom that looks odd but works fine. I'll be sailing this winter too.
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By the way, I second the advice of getting Tow Boat U.S. towing insurance.
How does BoatUS towing work? Are there specific BoatUS contractors in a lot of places? Or do I just look for a tow, and BoatUS pays me back?
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How does BoatUS towing work? Are there specific BoatUS contractors in a lot of places? Or do I just look for a tow, and BoatUS pays me back?
BoatUS has a network of contractors. You simply contact BoatUS via VHF, telephone or Spot Messenger and they handle the rest. The service even includes delivery of fuel if you run out. It's inexspensive peace of mind, even if you never use it.
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I have the $34 a year upgrade, but am unclear if I have to pay additional costs when on an inland river. Do I? Am I covered? Is the extra $139 a year for ocean waters only?
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Good things--
anchor...ready to deploy
sails...ready to set
communications...good to go
inexpensive membership in a boat towing service...
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Good things--
anchor...ready to deploy
sails...ready to set
communications...good to go
inexpensive membership in a boat towing service...
fenders
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radio
phone
4 dock lines a long as your boat.
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