My husband and I took up sailing in June of 2009, when we bought our Columbia 26. We traded up for a Harstad 31 in October of 2009, and then traded up for our current boat, a Columbia 36, in August of 2010.
My husband (tomperanteau) has belonged to this forum since 2009 and after 2 years of listening to him describe the interesting conversations that take place here, I've decided to join in. Sounds like a fun place.
For starters, I don't know anything about sailing except for what he has explained to me or forced me to watch in a video. I do have some experience as I have been forced to endure 2100 hours of sailing (between the two of us) over the last couple of years.
I have mopped up countless messes because we forgot to nail things down, and I have been seasick on a few occasions although I have not yet vomited.
I have learned how to fish in order to combat the endless hours of boredom one is forced to endure on a sailboat, and I have also learned how to keep the hooks from landing in the ropes that are all over the place.
I know more than what I am stating here, I just don't know how to say it because I haven't yet memorized sailboat vernacular. Feel free to laugh at me or correct me.