Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Atlanta, Ga
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Inland lake dinghy guy looking to grow in sailing
Grew up on a Corp of Engineers hydropower lake but never could get into sailing when I was young and dumb. Spent thousands on powerboats as a youngster, all down the drain.
Moved into Atlanta to go to school for engineering and got a local job when I graduated. With my new found time (no school finally!) i stubbled upon a crapped out sunfish. The sailing bug was in full effect. Being mechanical I turned it into a cat-rigged boat with a mast and boom i laminated myself out of carbon. Even bought a sewing machine and did my own sail. I sailed this thing religiously on Lake Lanier, a Corps lake fed by the Chattahoochee. It wasnt long before I grew tired of this little boat and decided I needed more.
Last winter I bought a fiberglass classic moth and got out on the lake with it. Still wasnt enough. Time to get to work. I started construction of a 12' carbon fiber and foam UK Cherub based dinghy. I havent quite finished it yet, but the hull and spars are 90% complete. Still have to make the rudder gantry and chainplates then I can start rigging.
Anyway, I know this boat will satisfy my need for more SOLO but i have people constantly asking if they can sail with me but I have no boat capable. So there I am, I am here for guidance on a topic I have no experience with: keelboats!