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Old 12-12-2008
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This is all very new to me as I just got back into sailing at the age of 56. I just purchased a Bayfield 25 and am slowly learning all over again after 35 years off the water. I love reading everyones comments and it is very encouraging for me. Thanks
Hi Judy,

I just joined the forum, and, am interested in getting a more comfortable boat so that I can spend more time out there. This past sailing season, I just started solo sailing a little 19-foot swing keel boat. I did sail it with friends when I could, but couldn't always find crew. It's been a fun learning experience, and takes my mind off any trouble I might have on land.
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Hi there - Havent had sailing on my mind lately since I live in the great white north in Nova Scotia. My boat is in my back yard covered and plugged in to keep the batteries from freezing. I didnt have much of a chance to do any sailing before taking her out for the winter. Thanks for the note - keep in touch and let me know where you sail etc
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I would like to add my welcome as well to JMW and Judy. I love to see more of us out there especially single handling the boat. As far as docking the boat, I too have no problems calling the marina for "For all hands on Deck with hooks!" to help get my boat into the slip when the winds get a little nasty out of the wrong direction. When no help is available, my dock and boat have lots of fenders/bumpers to help squeeze her in. Just take it nice and slow. Also, always have a plan on exactly what you are going to do in all wind directions and current. I have written mine out in my play book. The best thing you can learn is how to spring in/out of your slip if your dock set-up allows it. In addition, at least once a month do power drills on your boat to understand how she handles turning to port/starboard and backing up in both directions using the motor. When the winds are strong, greater than 10 knots, this is especially important to do them to see how the bow swings or doesn't. Some boats takes greater speed going backward to get the rudder effective and overcome both prop walk and wind pressure on the bow. Practice makes perfect in understanding your boat capabilities.
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Wow, am I glad to find this link.

My Dad was a Merchant Mariner. My first in awe moment of the water was looking at his old pics and his certs with mermaids. I was 3. Later lots of time swimming and hearing about ships and storms and such. Years later a friend at work had a sailboat. Took me out and showed me how to sail-he laid down for a nap and I sailed her all day. Fed him by throwing him sandwich and kept sailing. 12 hrs later he asked if he could dock her. (dropped head down). Now at 55 a family member has given me a small sailboat 19' swing keel with trailer and all. She is ready for water. Bringing her down to FL this spring. Have lessons lined up to start in Feb.

My goal-single hander
later a bigger ketch

Admire you all greatly

Mellissa-if I get down to Key B can I visit sometime?

Hide=and your 45' steele lady. Best of luck and post as I would like to follow your dream as it is so close to mine.

This spot rocks!!!

Happy sails

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Wow, am I glad to find this link.


Mellissa-if I get down to Key B can I visit sometime?


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Thanks for the advice

Melissa,

Many thanks for the tips on docking and maneuvering exercises. Having lots of fenders and spring lines available are certainly handy when docking!

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I joined Sailnet yesterday and am so glad to have found this thread today -

I am looking forward to my third summer on Esmeralda, my 1982 Pearson 26 - am married but my husband loves the farm (and HATES heeling) so I go by myself, or with my 11 year old first mate son, or with a friend or two...and everytime I learn something new and gain more confidence. The challenges I have set for myself for this coming season are sailing to the dock (not motoring), anchoring (it's amazing that I haven't quite gotten to that one yet) and a two day cruise down Casco Bay to the Saco River. We'll see how it all pans out.

I agree wholeheartedly with so many of the comments in this thread - I do receive both admiration from both genders as well as looks of incredulity as I talk about singlehanding (I am 45) - even just in protected water for an afternoon. It has definitely been a challenge for me to believe in my own capabilities and I also love the euphoria at the end of the safe mooring (sailed onto the mooring last summer - met that challenge!). And I also prefer to take someone with me - it's just more fun.

Two winters ago I took a group of women on a charter to the BVI's - a wonderful learning experience for me as skipper - but that's another thread.

Thanks for posting your stories and come on summer!

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Hey Kelly! welcome aboard!
How you managed to get a bunch of women to get together on one cruise is amazing in itself!

Hope you become very a very active poster on the Forum. it's often very quiet on the hersailnet forum for sure.

ck out this post it was great fun to read the responses:

http://www.sailnet.com/forums/seaman...-watching.html

Your P26 is a wonderful boat! Theres one in my Yacht club thats owned by a young couple and he is always racing against 30ft boats and somtimes even beats them.
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