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New to sailing (sort of) and just got 2 boats (yeah, you read that right)
Alright, so I had only been gone sailing a handful of times in my entire life. But last year I went with some friends on the San Francisco Bay and had a blast. Then a few months ago a friend of mine took us on his 24-footer several times and we had great fun.
Then he tells me - the marina has two boats for sale for. Get one. They're basically giving them away for less than what you spend on gas every month.
I looked at them. They both needed some love, had been left behind by their owners for 4-5 years. New paint for sure. No jib on one of them. But both dry, and both seaworthy.
First thing I did was essentially read Don Casey's Complete Works. Then I decided I wanted not just one, but two boats. One for the lake (nearby which I live), and one for the San Francisco Bay, as a part-liveaboard (I spend 1-2 nights a week away from home in SF for work, and that's not a cheap proposition).
So there it is. I'm now the owner of an Islander Bahama 24 and a Columbia C-22. Both need new paint and refinishing. The C-22 needs a jib, and the Islander's outboard motor probably needs some love, but I love projects. I scored some boat stands from someone, and I'm moving to a new house which has plenty of space to undergo that project.
Obviously I'm going to get plenty of training, keelboat ASA certification and the whole nine yards before I even think about sailing the Bay. For the lake, I got plenty of friends to tell me what I'm doing wrong.
So go ahead, feel free to tell me how insane I am.
Last edited by arnaudh; 06-06-2013 at 08:09 PM.