Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Narragansett, RI
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I've been lurking here for several months, and I decided that enough was enough, and I should start interacting with this extremely useful bunch.
So, a little bit about myself; My name is Alex, I'm turning 24, and I've got the bug. I've worked on the water for many years now, and have a 100GT Master's to show for it, but until last year, it was a strictly business relationship. Last year, I was given the opportunity to crew on some point to point races with my girlfriend's father, aboard his C & C 41. This year I got the same opportunity, and took the time to get in some good practice trimming the sails, learning what to watch for windwise, etc.
I'm a stinkboat skipper by trade, but I'd really rather not own one of the things. Within the next year, I want to purchase a small(ish) sailboat for myself. Racing isn't exactly my scene, so I've been looking at cruisers at around 25 feet.
This leaves me in an interesting position, experience-wise. My only sailing experience, aside from the 16,000lb monster 41, is dinghy sailing from back when I was in Boy Scouts. In terms of general seamanship, such as currents, tides, plotting course, Docking etc. I'm quite experienced, the only problem lies in the actual sailing. To what extent are my lessons from the C&C applicable to a boat that is a little more than half as long, and weighs less than her keel?