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there is no real way to sail into my slip. it is down a long canal, 400 yards or so and riddled with beautiful boats docked outside their luxurious homes. the only way would be if the wind was dead west and even then the island outside the canal blocks most of it, and it is way to tight to tack if from any other direction. i thought about trying it one day early in the season when there were only a handful of boats, but there was bulkhead construction being done and last thing i need is to slam into a steel barge if things went south. i do understand it is good practice and skillfull to be able to, but some people dont have that option. i spent my 150 on boat us, and if i could get to outside of my canal people are friendly enough to give a tug. i just dont see the risk in putting my boat, or the property of others at risk. could it be done? im sure it could, but im not about to become a statistic. cheers.
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I'm doing the Eastport-Solomons race on July 15th and will be malingering in the area for the Screwpile Regatta. Maybe I'll see you there.
Sounds good!
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there is no real way to sail into my slip. it is down a long canal, 400 yards or so and riddled with beautiful boats docked outside their luxurious homes. the only way would be if the wind was dead west and even then the island outside the canal blocks most of it, and it is way to tight to tack if from any other direction. i thought about trying it one day early in the season when there were only a handful of boats, but there was bulkhead construction being done and last thing i need is to slam into a steel barge if things went south. i do understand it is good practice and skillfull to be able to, but some people dont have that option. i spent my 150 on boat us, and if i could get to outside of my canal people are friendly enough to give a tug. i just dont see the risk in putting my boat, or the property of others at risk. could it be done? im sure it could, but im not about to become a statistic. cheers.
I understand. We were lucky that our slip is so close to the canal and its' a very quiet area, given it's on a naval air station.

As an aside, I did order the engine part (switch) that was broken and may have it later this week!
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My goal is to be able to sail well enough and have the confidence to come in under sail alone. My instructor/broker brought my boat in when we lost power. As he was negotiating around anchored boats in the harbor and pulled right up to the dock under sail, it was then that I realized just how much I had to learn and how much skill I lacked.

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