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livinginthepast 05-09-2011 11:57 PM

Dreamer sailor - this year I'm doing it
Hey there,

All my life (yeah, I'm a dinosaur) I've dreamed of sailing and this year I'm going to do it. I'm signed up for an ASA 101 course later this month and am currently studying away for test.

So I thought it would be great to check in with others who share this interest and found this forum. I'm hoping to make some friends, learn from you all and basically just hang out.

I live in Washington state and am looking forward to exploring Puget Sound on a sail boat this summer.


DonScribner 05-10-2011 01:40 PM


Welcome to the Dark Side. Sailing is not a hobby or a sport. It's an affliction, a disease. You buy a boat and it posses you and, like a body snatcher, slowly changes your personality to it's own. It sucks the life out of your wallet. Time condenses around it. Reality bends to it's will. Yeah, it's GREAT!

We bought our Lancer 25 two years ago. Never sailed. No clue about sailboats. Thought a clew was something that you hoped your kids would get and a Cunningham meant Richie or Mrs C. Ends up we got the perfect boat for us. Sleeps 5, sails reasonably well. Trailerable. We spend most weekends on the water, gunkholed in some remote (yeah right!) bay. No regrets except not starting sooner in life. SO, just do it. Buy the boat and sail. You won't regret it!

livinginthepast 05-11-2011 02:56 AM

Thanks for the welcome, Don. Affliction seem to be a good word for it. It's something that I've wanted to do for decades.

I've struggled for the past year or so with the decision to buy a boat. But outside of some very limited experience with little run abouts, I have virtually no boating experience, so I've tried to hold off on buying until after successfully completing the ASA 101 course. After that, everything changes. :-)

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