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post #11 of 29 Old 01-30-2010
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I sail a 1978 Cal 2-27. It is an excellent boat.

It would not be my first choice for an ocean crossing, but I know of a couple that sailed theirs regularly to Portugal, some have circumnavigated, and there are usually one or two entered in the Transpac race to Hawaii.

Give yourself a year or two to learn the ropes and prepare your boat, and you should be fine.
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Sammy, We were sailing on a felucca with one of your countrymen in Egypt last year.

Sure, you can sail across the Atlantic. Plan carefully. Learn sailing skills. Take care and joy, Aythya crew
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James ..I just noticed the name change...so whats the meaning?

"Go Simple...Go Large"

Relationships are everything to me..everything else in life are just tools to enhance them.


The purchase price of a boat is just the admittance fee to the dance...you still have to spend money on the girl...so court one with something going for her with pleasing and desirable character traits others desire as well... or you could find yourself in a disillusioned relationship contemplating an expensive divorce.
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I am so happy to have discovered this informative site with such nice helpful people like you.
Now please advice me of how to start. Keep in mind that I don't want or not able to postpone my dream to sail for more than a year maximum, which I will use to learn and obtain a boat and maybe get into a better shape physically!

Just advice me on where to start, and which page contains start-up advices for sailing and buying a primary boat or a Dingy as I heard.
Thanks to all of you gentlemen.
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hey sammy,

I am a beginner as well. I have been stuck in the "Learning to Sail" posts for a while now. Lots of great info there. Just absorb as much info as you can, from here, books, friends, anywhere. Practice it, then do it. Common sense is key. Best of luck on your sailing endeavors. peace.

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James ..I just noticed the name change...so whats the meaning?
Hey Scott
My name was taken....Kaluvic is the name I was given when I lived in an Eskimo village in the upper Kobuk valley.
According the old man that named me, it means "the wise fish"
Go figure?

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Learning to sail

I liked the dvd's and videos on sailing. You can find some at amazon.com and bennetmarine.com (?). On the videos, get all levels, not just the beginers; beginers, cruising, racing, heavy weather sailing, and , I saw one on improving sail trim that was very good. It is good to get as many perspectives as soon as you can. Adults learn best in a spiral fashion, not just linearly.

Probably the most important thing is to practice wherever you can, be it in dingy, with another boat, or on your own boat.

Also, If you find a marina where people are sitting around talking, ask questions and listen. It is not as strucutred as videos, books, or courses, but I've learned stuff from talking with experienced sailors in person, that is not found anywhere else. Nice way to make new friends too.
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Thanks Mcollins
The "videos" link doesn't work.
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Good luck on your adventure.

Netflix has many many instructional videos, Sammy... You can watch some of them right on your computer.

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Take it easy Chris dear, you can submit your opinion fairly without being that harsh.
He's not being harsh: he's being realistic.

(I can't drive: I'm planning to buy a Ford Escort and drive across the Sahara)

You need lots of training, lots of practice and lots of planning.
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