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Hi All,

Last month we visited a friend's house on the ICW on the Georgia coast. They had a 30' sailboat tied to their dock that was last used over a decade ago and has become a floating dock decoration. We spent all day sitting on the boat drinking while still tied to the dock. Two weeks ago I convinced a retired friend of mine to take me sailing on his 13' day sailer at a local lake. Last weekend I bought a Vagabond 14.

I've been on a moving sailboat once, and held the helm for about 15 minutes. Now I own a boat. God help me.

I'm a DIY person by nature. I'm a car guy and an avid cyclist (road, MTB, and commuting.) I'm a damn good mechanic, know a little carpentry, a fair amount about metal fab, and a pretty good bit about electrical work. But I don't know much about boats. That's where you folks come in.

My end goal? I want a big enough boat to spend weekend (or a week) out on the ICW, cruising, but still trailerable. We also have a pop up camper, and I kind of think of the larger boat the same way - an RV on the water. But first I need to learn how to sail. A 14' day sailer sounds like a great way to do that.

So...expect lots of dumb questions.


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Re: Sail newbie in Central Georgia

Welcome aboard, Ultra, and congratulations on being a sailboat owner! Sounds like you've got all the right talents, and an awesome daysailer to learn on.

I remember when I was a kid going to visit relatives in Albany, and sometimes going up to a lake near Cordele and hanging out at their cabin....they had a Sunfish and an O'Day daysailer and we had a ball.

Post some pics of the boat when you can (I think you need a minimum of 10 posts to be able to post pictures....)
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Re: Sail newbie in Central Georgia

Thanks Andy. I'm really looking forward to learning. I've been watching sailing videos on Youtube while I get the minor repairs done on the vagabond.

I think the lake you remember is Lake Blackshear. It's about ninety minutes south of us but it's on my list of places to sail.

10 posts to post pictures, huh?
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I guess I'll have to start working on posting something.
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So... what should I post about?
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Re: Sail newbie in Central Georgia

How about this...WHY do I want to sail? I mean besides the whole sitting-on-a-boat-drinking thing? Well, when I was about 13 years old someone gave me a tape copy of Jimmy Buffet's You Had to be There Live at the Fox Theater.
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Re: Sail newbie in Central Georgia

And I've been a Parrothead ever since. I even played in a JB cover band for a while. But more than that, something about the ropes and the rigging and the feel of a boat on the wind seems to connect with me.
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I've always doing things the manual way and working with simple mechanisms is a source of great joy. I'd rather ride a bike than drive a car when possible. Easier? No. Better? Usually.
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The times it's not better usually involve driving the H*** out of a car - autocross racing or something like that. Pushing the limits of capability and speed, man and machine working together.
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Re: Sail newbie in Central Georgia

So I guess all those things probably contribute.
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