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Overdue introduction

Howdy folks!

It seems that I've been lurking on and off here for quite a while - my profile says since 9/2011, but it's been longer than that, since I was here for a while before creating an account. But I haven't posted until now. I guess I'm a little anti-social.

Anyway, since I may actually get to start doing some sailing soon, I figured I should say hi and introduce myself so you can think "Oh, it's this jerk again" instead of "who the heck is this guy"

A bit of background about me -

No sailing experience, though i have been on sailboat charters a few of times as a paid passenger. I'm hoping to take ASA101 soon.

No boat currently, but I'm about to start shopping for my first. After reading tons of great info here, it sounds like it pays to start small. I don't think I'd be comfortable with something like a laser (I'm a pretty hefty guy, and also I don't swim all that well), so I'm leaning towards a 15'-20' daysailer of some sort - something that will hopefully keep me out of the water.

Eventually I'd like to trade up to something big enough that my wife and I can overnight/weekend on comfortably.

I'm in Central Florida, so my plan is to start with lake sailing (Lake Monroe specifically) and maybe "graduate" to coastal when I get a little more experience.

It looks like it's finally going to happen... I can't wait to get started.
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Re: Overdue introduction

Welcome Bill and best of luck. You already know where to go when you have questions and you know what the answers will be when you decide you want to circumnavigate on 50 cents a day.
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Re: Overdue introduction

I'm disappointed, it sounds like you've picked a very rational plan.

Glad you finally decided to speak up!
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Re: Overdue introduction

Welcome, Bill. Sounds like you have a good plan. Good luck, and have fun!
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Re: Overdue introduction

Thanks for the welcome.

It looks like I'm in for it now... Now sitting in my yard is an AFC 16. It's not fancy, or in that great of shape. But, she has what she needs to sail, and will probably even float.

I can't wait to get all of the registration/paperwork stuff cleared up and hit the lake.
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Re: Overdue introduction

Here is the spec for you American 16':

AMERICAN 16 sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com

Very sane plan you have there Bill, unless you plan on sailing that boat around the world!
With the boat's weight given as 500 pounds positioning your body weight will be very important for keeping the boat flatter.
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