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Not sure what's in my sailing future but thought I'd say "Hi"

I've posted a few times already.

I sailed small boats when I was young, - Lasers and Flying Dutchman. Then I got into Windsurfing. After I had kids I didn't do much sailing of any kind for a long time.

Now I'm starting to get back into it. I live in a city on a small lot in a small house. It meets our needs but I don't have room to keep a boat even though there are plenty of places to sail nearby.

So I joined a sailing club which seemed to offer a good solution. You pay an annual fee to sail their boats (lake scows for the most part) rather than keeping your own. The catch is that you need to set aside a couple of days month to help the new sailors out. Though I don't really have a problem with that, my kids still need my time and i probably won't sail much more than twice a month anyway, so I'm not quite sure it's worth it yet.

The one nice additional benefit is that they go on an annual trip to the Apostle Islands. They charter about 8 boats between 30 and 40 feet in length and sail, hike, etc for 4 days. It's coming up next weekend and I'm really looking forward to it.

Lastly, on the same day I joined the club, I bought a used SmartKat on Ebay. It's an inflatable cat that sails much better than you might think. I've enjoyed it so far and I can store it on a couple of shelves in the garage.

So basically I'm exploring my options for the next couple of years. I would love to get to a point where I could charter a boat on my own in the BVI or someplace else, but that's probably quite a long ways off and may never happen. In the meantime I'll enjoy what I have.
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Re: Not sure what's in my sailing future but thought I'd say "Hi"

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So basically I'm exploring my options for the next couple of years. I would love to get to a point where I could charter a boat on my own in the BVI or someplace else, but that's probably quite a long ways off and may never happen. In the meantime I'll enjoy what I have.
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Never say never. There are other charter options besides going it alone. We have friends in our sail club who mostly lake sailed yet Sunsail OKed them for bareboating. Not comfortable on a larger boat on their own, they asked to share a charter boat with us and it worked out well. They got to charter in the BVI, got helm time in paradise and everyone had a great time. Costs were shared as well so that was a perk.
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Re: Not sure what's in my sailing future but thought I'd say "Hi"

Welcome! Sounds like the SmartKat is a great solution for you. The club isn't a bad idea, either.

Enjoy your trip!!
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