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Re: New to sailboat question
Congratulations on the new boat! Sailing does not suck, and you have become part of a community of enlightened, and sometimes sodden, souls.
In brief, sheets control sail shape, the traveller controls the boom position (aiding in sail shape). That having been said, if you need to ask such basic questions, you need more help than you can get on a sailing forum. Go sailing with an experienced friend. 4 hours of actual sailing will teach you bags more than we can teach you here.
Many suggest sailing courses, and for some that is the answer. I think you should just get out and do it. Unless you pick the most horrible conditions, it's hard to make major mistakes. There is no single complicated element to sailing, there are just a lot of simple ones to put together. go as slow as you can while maintaining steerage while docking. Wear gloves. Have beer ready for your triumphant return.
Bashing about on Lake Ontario and Beyond
"Ariel" '79 Endeavour 32
Last edited by Ritchard; 04-12-2013 at 10:30 AM.