Hello - SailNet Community
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.

LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 4 Old 12-05-2011 Thread Starter
Excalibur 26
Stheeb's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Santa Cruz
Posts: 3
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0

Hello everyone.

My girlfriend and I bought our first boat a 1978 Excalibur 26 five years ago and have been day sailing her out of Santa Cruz harbor every since. We want to start cruising but both the boat and my sailing skills need improvement before we get too far from the harbor. This site has already been helpful and I know that Iíve just scratched the surface of what it has to offer. Thanks.

Stheeb is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 4 Old 12-05-2011
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Maine
Posts: 948
Thanks: 0
Thanked 39 Times in 39 Posts
Rep Power: 7

What constitutes a cruise for you? Here in Maine, my wife and I have been "cruising" almost every possible weekend, long weekend and vacation for three years. We don't wander more than 10 miles out, but there are quite a few harbors and islands within out reach. You're probably much more experienced than I am, but my advice would be to just do it. Make the mistakes and get better next time.
DonScribner is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 4 Old 12-06-2011
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 70
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 7
The Bears twp cents worth,
Here on the gulf coast we call it "Beach Bouncing". You sail up or down the coast a few hours or a day, find an interesting spot, overnight, and then go on or back or where ever. That's part of why you sail, it's not the destanation, it's the trip! And with every trip you have learned, and one day without even realizing it someone with a new boat will ask you "what constitutes a cruise", and you will answer, "It's the trip".
In those "little" trips you will encounter anchorage problems, bad weather, cold, heat, bad winds, no winds, bad seas, all those things that will be basic to those things that you will encounter if you go ten thousand miles. Yes, there are more and some different problems to be had but you will be more prepared for them because you overnighted so many times, talked to others along the way, read, studied and prepared to go just a little further each time. Take the time to get some of the classes avalible from the CG, Sailing schools, listen to the "elders" at the docks and try, each time to do it better, smoother, cleaner each time. Sailing, cruising, is a never ending learning process with an infinite number of situations. Welcome to the club.

soft breezes and smooth waters to you
Red the Bear.
RedtheBear is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #4 of 4 Old 12-06-2011
Senior Pirate
TropicCat's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Cape Canaveral, FL
Posts: 2,656
Thanks: 5
Thanked 15 Times in 15 Posts
Rep Power: 9
There's no substitution for experience. Continue to get out of the harbor and get your sails up, and you'll soon learn all you need to.

Tropic Cat

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
TropicCat is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook

Quick Reply

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome