I'm in Portland, Oregon, and in 2008 a friend took me out on his Cal 20. I got the sailing bug, and the need for cursing and adventure is strong.
Obtained my ASA101 in July 2009. Started racing in our local fleet on a Yankee 30.
The armchair part is not having a boat of my own. My first goal is to sail singlehanded to Hawaii. Much more experience and training is required though, and I was hoping for my first offshore race in the Oregon Offshore, but that fell through.
So I research for my Hawaii trip. I've gone through a lot of stages, first driven by the major manufacturers (I'll take a Catalina around the world!), to more sober thoughts (Baba 30), to expensive-to-maintain classics (ooo look at the Alden Q!), to the inexpensive (Flicka or even a Cal 20 according to "Twenty Small Boats ...").
I think the "go now, go small" mantra is taking over, and would even be interested in learning to safely navigate oceans on something like a Montgomery 17 (a J/80 too crazy?). And if the funds were available, the mini-transat's look interesting (6.5m like the Pogo 2).
But aside from boat-searching, since I'm a couple years away from owning, I'm just here for more research and experience. I'll probably take the ASA103/4 from the J-folks in the Bay Area, since I'm not going to get anything quite as interesting from the Columbia around Portland for offshore.
Hey nen, welcome to SN dude.
There's tons of info on here - as well as many, many salts that will talk you through just about anything.
While you're waiting for some responses you can start poking around in this thread: The Salt's Corner Table
It's a thread with some of the best info to some of the most asked questions around here - including yours. And you can see who some of the go-to guys are.
[QUOTE]Obtained my ASA101 in July 2009. Started racing in our local fleet on a Yankee 30.
The armchair part is not having a boat of my own. My first goal is to sail singlehanded to Hawaii./QUOTE]
I am not raining on your parade but with ASA 101, ( or ASA 102, 103, 104) set your sights a little lower. Find your way across a bay before your try and find your way across an ocean.
I'm well aware I'm far off from such a journey (1-3 years), but I would like to find a boat to start learning on, both boat care and skills.
I found a nice Pacific Dolphin 24; currently talking with the owner.
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