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Live ballast is also good for making handling food, snacks, drinks and some even start to ask if they can "try it" Teaching a little bit now and then, giving them a nice peaceful first time experience works for me. Now.. if, some adrenalin junkie is at the helm "proving" how much he or she can "show others" how terrifying it can be it's a sure way to continue being single handed!
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Crew? don't need no stinking crew LOL. It's set up for single hand which I do up to about 10-15 mph of wind. Then it gets difficult on the River. Most of my friends are sailing clueless and just come along for a ride.
That's really cool, especially if you're out on the river too.
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Friends sailing clueless = live ballast. Spray, there's no better way to experience freedom in this Brave New World than to go sailing. Plenty of excellent books on small craft sailing are available at most libraries, including Royce's Sailing Illustrated, the Bible for many small craft sailors. Other basic sailing books offer simple diagrams so you may better grasp the essentials. Know that marine safety is paramount: yours and the safety of all aboard. Study the "Rules of the Road" before you leave shore. If a course of instruction is beyond your budget, hook up with an experienced sailor who can teach you what you need to know. Follow regulations and err on the side of caution whenever you are in doubt (or clueless), since ignorance can get expensive at sea and possibly cost you your life. Out here off San Diego, would-be sailors die on a regular basis, and I'm not even counting power wanks and PWC operators in that factual statement. I've sailed all my life, and I assure you, once you get a clue and know how to handle your boat under all conditions, you will never know greater freedom... follow the leads in my first post to see what I mean, and understand that the same options will be open to you as an experienced small craft sailor.
That's really good advice railsplitter and thank you for the affirmation of my decision. There's always a little voice in the back of my mind that doubts my decision to get into sailing, but then I read something like your statement and reminds me of why I want to get into it. Thanks again!
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Welcome SPRAY. Your reference to the turnpike makes me think Northeast. Where abouts?
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Welcome SPRAY. Your reference to the turnpike makes me think Northeast. Where abouts?
You guessed right. I'm in Pennsylvania, just south of Harrisburg.
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