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gripandrip27 05-20-2010 10:59 PM

Newbie here
 
Greetings SailNet! My name is Titus, I am a 21 year old college student with big hopes of becoming a sailor. Next week I am going to purchase my first boat, (hobie cat 16) and I must admit, I am nervous about getting on the water for the first time. All of the knowledge I have on sailing is from books, word of mouth, or Youtube.com videos.
Is a hobie cat an ideal boat to learn the basics of sailing, or am I going about everything all wrong? Any encouragement or advice you experienced sailors can give a green-horn-wannabee-sailor would be appreciated.

smackdaddy 05-20-2010 11:07 PM

Hey grip - welcome to SN dude. You'll love the place.

As for a H16 to learn on...I've never sailed one. But there are plenty of dudes around here that have. Someone will help you out.

Have a blast.

bljones 05-20-2010 11:57 PM

Welcome aboard, Titus.
The Hobie is a great boat, and as far as a boat to learn on? Hey, any boat that gets you on the water is a great boat to learn on. Having said that, location is a big factor. Big water and big swells prefer bigger boats. Where are you sailing out of?
There are some differences in technique between sailing a catamaran and a traditional monohull, but on small boats like the Hobie those differences are relatively minor. As cats go, small hobies are pretty forgiving. Does your hobie have the flotation ball at the top of the mast to prevent the boat from turning turtle when capsized? if not, it may be something to look into, because as a newbie, it is never a matter of IF you lay her down, but WHEN.
Do you have a more experienced mentor who can hit the water with you the first cou0ple of times, to give you a little guidance?

gripandrip27 05-22-2010 01:35 PM

^^^The location is a small lake. I am looking into the flotation device on the mast, if it does not have one, I am going to purchase one for sure. As far as mentoring is concerned, I am joining a local sailing club at a nearby lake, hopefully that connection will be sufficient in teaching me the basics.


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