Getting into sailing this year. Been buying a 23-ft, trailered Sundance 23 from a friend's dad. In May, she's mine and I'm going to moor her about 30 minutes from my place, perhaps even closer. Planning on sailing the Columbia River a little north of Scappoose, up towards Longview WA and down towards the coast, Astoria. No desire to hit the ocean at this point.
Thanks to places like this and the abundant resources of the internet, local libraries, Netflix, etc., I'm learning a ton.
I plan on joining a local club, SOS, and perhaps crewing on a similar boat a few times before I actually haul up a sail on my own.
Currently investigating moorages and costs of insurance. Going to go through all the wiring and make sure everything's kosher. Going to look into solar panels for helping to charge my batteries.
The standing rigging is new, the motor rebuilt, I see one cleat that'll need replacing. The fiberglass is in very good condition. I have wood and metal working skills and have a small shop. I'm sure I could do fiberglas work, if and when needed.
I read Don Casey's, This Old Boat, borrowed from the library. Planning on buying my own copy real soon.
Hope to learn a lot here. I've just finished watching Disk 2 of the Annapolis School of Seamanship videos. My Sailing for Dummies book is starting to get dog eared.
Anyway, happy to be here. Very excited about getting out on the water, killing the motor and feeling the rush of sailing on my own.
PS - Did a bunch of sailing as a kid out on Long Island Sound with my dad's friend's boat. At that time, it was almost scary.
I'm also into kayaking, fishing, hunting, gardening, cooking, reading, I play guitar, bicycle (thinking about commuting to work), and I brew my own beer and enjoy time in my small wood and metal working shop.