Hello From The Northwest - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > Welcome to Sailnet > Introduce Yourself
 Not a Member? 

Introduce Yourself Welcome to the Sailnet.com - The world's largest online sailing community! Tell us about yourself so we can get to know you.


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 06-15-2011
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 1
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
blanco is on a distinguished road
Hello From The Northwest

It's never to late to start!! I was visiting Friday Harbor (San Juan Islands) and it hit me like a bag of bricks..Well I was with my girl having a glass of wine watching the sail boats sailing away in the distance...I'm 42 and I'm ready to start my journey... Where do I start!! Lessons are first... I want to travel the world is for sure!! So I would need to find a sailboat that I will live while planning my trip and can handle blue water!! A boat that I could easily handle with ease??? A 40' boat is what I would like and of course I don't have ton's of money...So what type of boat should we get??? Used of Course..ha..ha..ha.. Any suggestions would be wonderful!!

El Blanco
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 06-16-2011
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Long Island
Posts: 2,129
Thanks: 1
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 6
WanderingStar is on a distinguished road
Start learning first. As you improve you will learn more about boat types and features. Don't plan a long cruise before doing many short ones. Fair winds.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 06-16-2011
jrd22's Avatar
Courtney the Dancer
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: San Juan Islands., WA, USA
Posts: 3,817
Thanks: 3
Thanked 15 Times in 15 Posts
Rep Power: 14
jrd22 will become famous soon enough
Quote:
Originally Posted by blanco View Post
... Where do I start!!

El Blanco
You just did.

Welcome to SN. Take some lessons or crew for someone, read, peruse the forums here, start looking at boats and talking to owners, become familiar with prices by searching Yachtworld for boats you are interested in. Have fun!
__________________
John
SV Laurie Anne

1988 Brewer 40 Pilothouse

Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 06-16-2011
erps's Avatar
the pointy end is the bow
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: La Conner, Washington
Posts: 6,154
Thanks: 2
Thanked 26 Times in 26 Posts
Rep Power: 10
erps will become famous soon enough erps will become famous soon enough
Taking lessons is a good way. Buying a small boat and then running into stuff and breaking stuff on it is a lot more fun though.
__________________
Ray
S.V. Nikko
1983 Fraser 41
La Conner, WA


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Boating for over 25 years, some of them successfully.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 06-16-2011
tomperanteau's Avatar
Crotchety Old Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: San Pedro Harbor, California
Posts: 843
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Rep Power: 6
tomperanteau is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by blanco View Post
It's never to late to start!! I was visiting Friday Harbor (San Juan Islands) and it hit me like a bag of bricks..Well I was with my girl having a glass of wine watching the sail boats sailing away in the distance...I'm 42 and I'm ready to start my journey... Where do I start!! Lessons are first... I want to travel the world is for sure!! So I would need to find a sailboat that I will live while planning my trip and can handle blue water!! A boat that I could easily handle with ease??? A 40' boat is what I would like and of course I don't have ton's of money...So what type of boat should we get??? Used of Course..ha..ha..ha.. Any suggestions would be wonderful!!

El Blanco
The standing joke in my family is that we learned to sail on Youtube.

Seriously, watching videos there and on Netflix is a good place to start. Youtube has a lot of videos done by people that are out there sailing. There are a lot of people that video their day to day logs. That will give you an idea of how things will be. Read a lot of books. There will probably be a lot of people chiming on with suggestions - listen to them. There is a LOT of knowledge on this site.

To start with we bought a cheap little 26 footer - one that was in good enough shape to be safe, but that wouldn't break the bank if we sank her. We had enough insurance to pay for what we might break, too. We sailed her for about eight months and loved every minute. We sold her for what we paid and bought a 31 footer. Sailed her to the islands a few times and loved her. We ended up with a 36 footer that seems to fit us well.

We started small and cheap in the event that we might discover that we hated sailing. That way we wouldn't be out of pocket a lot. We really knew that we were going to love it, but didn't want to take any chances. Something else that I had not counted on is that the wife fell in love with fishing in the process. She has a passion for it now that is almost crazy. I have developed a passion for sailing and the mechanical/electrical side of boats, so things worked out well.

If you are going to take your girl out, start slowly. Let her get used to sleeping on the boat at the marina. Get up early and fix her breakfast. Make it "her" time, too. Take her out to a calm place on a calm day, sail a bit, then drop anchor in a calm cove. Her first experiences will stick with her! Then work your way into a more active sailing adventure. But we're getting ahead of ourselves here. You have to learn first, right?

It'll be nothing but fun, and you have come to a good place here to get started.
__________________
Capt'n Tom Living Aboard 50/50

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

S/V Footprints

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Youtube

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


1969 Crealock/Columbia 36 Sloop completely refitted in 2000 and new Yanmar in 2006.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 06-16-2011
tomperanteau's Avatar
Crotchety Old Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: San Pedro Harbor, California
Posts: 843
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Rep Power: 6
tomperanteau is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by erps View Post
Taking lessons is a good way. Buying a small boat and then running into stuff and breaking stuff on it is a lot more fun though.
LOL! Sounds like how we started.
__________________
Capt'n Tom Living Aboard 50/50

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

S/V Footprints

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Youtube

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


1969 Crealock/Columbia 36 Sloop completely refitted in 2000 and new Yanmar in 2006.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Greetings from the Pacific Northwest CaptainHal Introduce Yourself 5 03-07-2011 11:06 AM
Hello from Northwest Georgia exterran Introduce Yourself 2 06-26-2010 08:20 AM
Looking for other PSC owners in northwest spirit2006 Pacific Seacraft 12 10-04-2009 06:40 PM
Northwest Sailing h2ojem Crew Wanted/Available 0 05-09-2001 02:19 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:09 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.