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Bought O'Day 25, Never Sailed!

Hello,
I just bought an O'day 1976 25 from a friend. I've never sailed but always wanted to. I have friends that know how to sail, even one that grew up sailing an O'day, so I'm pretty confident I'll learn quickly.
No questions, just a hello. I'm located in Buffalo, NY. Her name is Mary Rose, she's docked at the base of Lake Erie. If you have any suggestions for books/websites for a newcomer, throw them at me.
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Hey MaryR - welcome to SN. You definitely found the best sailing forum there is.

Yeah just have one of your friends go out with you a few times and you'll get the basics down. It ain't rocket science - but it's sure a hell of a lot of fun!

As for the reading...here:

http://www.sailnet.com/forums/genera...d-reading.html

Knock yourself out! All great stuff.
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Ah, the MaryRose. What a great name for a sailing vessel! Welcome to the Net, Jessica. Lots of great folks here and tons of knowledge. Enjoy our sport. remember, when it comes to sailing, there's no such thing as obsession.

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Welcome aboard Jessica! gotta love them odays!
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Congrats! That's awesome! Welcome to SN.

Books, hmmm, here you go:
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Mary,

Three years ago we bought a Lancer 25 as a father-son thing. She weighs about 4000 pounds, and we had no trailer to put her on, no truck to tow her with and two weeks to get her home because snow was coming. Oh, yeah, we knew nothing about sailboats or sailing and didn't know anybody that did. Lots of reading and a USCGA class on Sailing and Seamanship and we hit the water. We now sail about every weekend. Out longest trip has been about 100 nm.

So, that's my story and I guess what I'm trying to say is

YOU GO GIRL! Sail like you mean it.

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I bought my boat without a single minute of sailing experience, I didn't even take the boat out of the slip before I bought it! (I don't recommend this approach of course..)

All turned out well. Learn as you go, go with somebody for the first few, you will probably love it and pick it up quick because of that. Sounds like fun, brings back good memories.

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Welcome aboard, MaryRose! It's good to see another Lake Erie sailor here.
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I got her for 2.5k. No serious structural problems, just some scrubbing and little things needed. Good price?
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welcome to the club - as for value, like those ads used to say "if you love it the Mary Rose will be priceless"
Sounds like a great price for a summer home on the lake that you can move though!
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