Bill from Channel Islands, CA
New to sailing by 1 year. Have a 67 CAL 34 since last August. The boat had been tied to the dock for the last 6 years with the interior redone. The old Atomic 4 had plugged plumbing and some electirical problems that have been resolved and it purrs like a kitten now. Had some problems getting out of the slip due no previous experience with a folding prop. In fact, the first attempt was downright embarrassing. I puttered around the harbor last week to set the engine timing and make sure the engine cooled, charged, etc.. I hope to take it out for the first sail in a week or two.
My sailing experience is rather limited and I am hoping someone reading this from the Santa Barbara/Ventura/Oxnard area may be willing to accompany me on the maiden voyage.
My Advice before your maiden sail is to run up your sails at the docks early in the morning with no wind, get used to them, check for issues.
Then choose a time when there are just gentle (less than 10 knots) of wind, motor safely out of the harbor, well clear of the jetti by quite a ways, then hoist the main, check the effects, hoist the headsail, check the effects. Make sure when you get out of the slip you haul in your fenders! If you're alone, be very cautious and make sure to have your life jacket on. Then lower your sails while at sea and motor in. Then when approaching your slip put your fenders back overboard.
Once you've given her a good solid run down you should feel pretty confident after a day of messing about... just be cautious and very slow.. dead slow... when coming into your slip.
Good luck and good sailing!
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