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vettefan 09-23-2011 09:44 PM

This is my first post so please bear with me. I am new to sailing and have absolutly zero time on a sailboat!!!That being said i am going to take a asa sailing course this fall or winter. My goel is to buy a sail boat next spring. I would like to buy something new and hopefully grow into to it. I plan on living on the boat for the summer and go from there. I live in ma. and plan on living on the cape. Any sugustion will be helpful.

Donna_F 09-23-2011 09:46 PM

Welcome to Sailnet!

Vette as in Corvette? If you like speed, sailing is not going to give it to you unless you get into multihulls. :D

Good luck with your ASA course. In the meantime, lurk, read, ask questions.

vettefan 09-24-2011 12:28 AM

Yes corvettes but speed is not important . The journey is what is important.

mikel1 09-24-2011 06:49 AM

Welcome aboard! Do what DR said, LOTS of info and insights here...

imagine2frolic 09-24-2011 07:38 AM

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Monos can give a great sensation of speed. I invited my brother sailing 20 years ago. When we returned he said he thought it would be boring. He never knew that 6-7 mph could be so fun. With the rail nearly down to the water, and you're on the winch gives a great sensation of power, and speed.

Vette admirer huh;)? I am more of a Shelby guy as in AC old school 1962. Never owned a CSX, but I did own a Tiger for 8 years in my youth.....i2f

mikel1 09-24-2011 08:01 AM

Sailboats and sports kind of people... yeah!

Dog Ship 09-24-2011 09:05 AM

A Tiger...Really. That was my first car. Almost killed myself in it.
It was towed away in two peices, broke right at the door jams.


bnaylor 09-24-2011 11:20 AM

Vette: do consider buying a "first" boat to learn with. There are plenty if wonderful, somewhat older, pocket cruisers to be had for ~3K to ~6K in decent usable condition. We bought a Catalina 22 last May - our first boat as novice sailors - and have really enjoyed it. We're still novice sailors but we're getting better with each outing. Our approach - buy now, then figure it out - was uncharacteristically impulsive for me, but has worked out great. Our learnings are immediately applied on our own boat, which helps reinforce the lesson.

So, my 2-cents, is jump-in. It's a small investment.

Also, consider finding a local sailing club and volunteer to crew for races. Good way to get on the water, under sail, and learn hands-on.

My only sports car was a 1966 Volvo P1800 ... Uncommon, but great fun. I miss that car!

imagine2frolic 09-24-2011 01:17 PM

If you're taking lessons, and the bank account will allow it. I would buy something you can stand up in, has a galley, head, and a comfy berth. The lesson will teach you how to handle something this big. I went into a 30ft. Columbia after my asa 1,2, & coastal. Sailer on S.F. Bay for 15 years, single handed her to, and from Cabo.

The more comfort the more time you will spend on the boat. The more time on the boat the quicker you will learn. There's nothing like making it your little get away from your everyday life. BEST WISHES in finding a vessel to serve you well. It's a buyer's market, so take advantage of it while you can.

That P1800 is a sweet ride. I always lusted after the extended version, even today. When it's time to sell the boat I will either build a A/C like the one in the pic, slabside, only red, buy a Tiger, or something like the P1800, and drive the hell out of it along PCH, and the Sierra Nevada mountains.........i2f

vettefan 09-25-2011 12:10 AM

I know that i'm going to want something that I will be able to stay on for a weekend or even a couple of weeks.

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