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Greetings!

Long time reader, (Well long time meaning since about April this year) First time poster, And first time boat owner!

I caught the bug. Bad. Now I have a sailboat and she's amazing. I cruise SF and Monterey bay and just bought a 2000 Catalina 310, currently berthed in Moss Landing. I had plans to move her from Moss Landing to Redwood City last weekend and I and my crew didn't even make it out of Monterey Bay before getting too seasick. But I will try again at the end of this month.

I've taken courses at OCSC in Berkeley and am certified up to Basic Cruising.

Anyways, this community has been incredibly valuable to me in my search for a boat and now is helping me with my DIY projects. Hope to see some fellow Monterey and SF bay sailors out on the water soon!
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Re: First Time Boat Owner

Welcome to SailNet and to the Catalina family! You should join the owners association. Very good information and advice from other Catalina owners. We belong to a local Catalina sail club and have received invaluable help from other owners.
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Welcome aboard! Your trip sounds like it will be a lot of fun if you can get past the seasickness!! Good luck!

BTW, if you haven't noticed, we love pics. And this thread is missing pics. Please remedy that.
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Re: First Time Boat Owner

Thanks Jimgo!

Much of my mistake was simply not getting enough sleep. I had prepared extensively but I had so many little things on my mind I just got no sleep the two days prior to the trip and not enough to eat.

I had not experienced seasickness in the months leading up to the cruise and I had been in some uncomfortable seas in the summer months near Berkeley. But I think the fatigue and rolling swells in monterey got to me. Some Acclimation, rest and Dramamine should do the trick.

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Wow! VERY nice!!
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Re: First Time Boat Owner

Hello and welcome to boat ownership! Good on ya. Lack of sleep and big rolling swells will do me in, but once I get it out of my system, then I'm fine. I generally don't eat or drink coffee the first morning out. Bonine works, too. I may cruise with another boat to Santa Cruz in a couple of weeks and maybe to Catalina next year. Have made 2 trips recently to San Francisco Bay. Maybe we'll see you out there, too. Have fun!
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I may not be qualified to welcome you here yet as I just joined yesterday, but, hey, with pics and an attitude like yours, I get excited just reading about your excitement, something I occasionally lack in my advanced age. Welcome!

Some will pooh pooh this advice, but it's been my experience that often seasickness in relatively calm seas may be the result of unrecognized nervousness or tension. One beer, drunk before getting underway, even if it's for breakfast, has helped a lot of my seasick prone friends become AA members... no, no, it helped them keep a clear head on those oily glassy rolly days.

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