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chasely 09-14-2008 09:03 PM

Son of a sailor
Hello all,

I'm new to the forum, but have some decent experience sailing/cruising. My dad has been a sailor most of his life, doing some decent sized singlehanded's as well as being an editor for Practical Sailor and Cruising World. I would like to think he's passed some of his passion to me.

We sailed the Great Lakes (mainly the North Channel) when I was a kid. Although I didn't appreciate it at the time, I really want to get back to sailing. I'm still in college, and am able to cruise in my parents in the summer, but I really have a want to be on my own when on the water.

This has led me to start looking for a small (~25') cruisable boat. I've looked at the Pearson 26 and O'Day 25, but have really started scratching the surface.

A little about myself, I am a 21 year old engineering student. I just changed my major this past year, so I'm basically a freshman. I may be looking at transferring after a couple of years to go into marine/ocean engineering.

In addition to sailing, I play guitar, pretty much any sport I can get my hands on, and enjoy cooking.

I hope to learn a lot from this forum. Hopefully after a while I'll be able to contribute to other people's learning:)

UncleBill 09-15-2008 08:19 PM

luv my oday25
Bought the old girl in 1980....have to hell and back with her...she made out much better than I have. Pearson is supposed to be a good boat too. Remember, there are no "bad" sailboats...just questionable sailors who don't understand what the boat is telling them. Be safe...have fun.

denby 09-15-2008 09:39 PM

Welcome aboard Chasely,

I have an 1988 O'day 302 and enjoy it very much. A friend of mine has a Pearson 28 and has sailed it up and down the east cost at least twice and lived on it for two years at Woods hole. Both are very fine boats.

chasely 09-17-2008 09:02 AM

Thanks for the replies denby and unclebill. I'm playing with the idea of saving money for an extra year and possibly get something closer to the 30 foot range. I'll be using it for weekend trips and daysailing for a majority of the season, but (ideally) would be cruising for about six weeks or more out of the year.

That is, of course, until I'm out of college and have to get a real job:(

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