Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Kansas City
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Hello from Kansas City
I learned to sail over 30 years ago, as a boy scout at Land Between the Lakes, KY. I have never forgotten that experience. This summer I purchased a small 1974 Chrysler Lone Star 13. I have had it out four times. I have so much to learn.
On the first trip out, my son and I could not get the boat off the trailer. We had the entire trailer under water. We FINALLY figured out that one of the two dagger boards had somewhat come down, and was keeping the boat from floating off the trailer.
On the second trip, I tried to sail myself. SOMEONE has replaced the original tiller with an axe handle. An axe handle is NOT long enough to allow you to reach the tiller and the jib sheets. I thought that I was either going to crash into the rocky lake shore, or tip the boat. That spooked me! I'll be fixing that this winter.
On the third outing, it was way too windy, and I was still spooked from the last trip. My son forgot to put down the dagger boards, and we kept drifting into the pontoon boats in the marina. We finally got it going, but it was so windy that I kept getting spooked. My son was so frustrated with me. I did a stupid thing and promised him that the next outing we would not sail, but just fish with the trolling moter. That fourth outing with the trolling motor was the last good weather that we had. Now it is cold, and I think that I am done for the season.
Next season, I will be more ready. I will do some work on the boat this winter. I can't wait for spring (it will be a LONG wait!)