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Hi all!

I've been lurking on these forums (and Cruisers Forum) for about 6 months now. Not being able to see pictures/links has finally irked me enough to sign up and say hi. sooo...hi!

I'm a newbie. My wife and I took a couple of informal sailing lessons on Boston Harbor near the end of last season. She likes sailing. I'm obsessed with it. We plan to take the required courses for our Basic Keelboat cert in May and then join a club/use their daysailors. We're both 27 years old and have lots of sailing ahead of us.

End game is eventually to be live aboards but we'll see how things progress. We're thinking that would be more of a close to retirement kind of thing. We like our jobs (and want to have kids) and the jobs do not allow for remote work.

Anyways, I'm really looking forward to the season. We've both read Steve Sleight's The New Complete Sailing Manual. I've also read Sailing Fundamentals by Gary Jobson and Illustrated Sail and Rig Tuning by Ivar Dedekam. Any other suggestions before classes start? Sail and Rig Tuning was particularly interesting to me (I'm a mechanical engineer with some background in aerospace).

I think that covers it for now. See you on the water.
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Welcome, a book I read and found helpfull is:Sail Away by Paul & Sheryl Shard. Good for connecting the dots!...Dale

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Welcome aboard! 27 years old and lurking on CF? You probably really skewed their average age bell curve.

We can always use more mechanical engineery -type input around here.

Looks like you've got a pretty solid sailing action plan pulled together. Enjoy!

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Welcome, Justflie. I sail out of Boston Harbor too and happy to offer tips if you shoot me a note. Where are you taking lessons?
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Thanks, guys.

Boston, we'll be taking our initial lessons at Piers Park. We took a couple of informal lessons with their lead instructor last year and got along well with her/enjoyed the lessons. We'll stay on there for the season. When it comes to more advanced classes, when the time comes to start thinking of boat ownership, we'll probably have to go elsewhere. Where are you out of?
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Welcome justflie,

Two books I have read and would recommend are "The International Marine Book of Sailing" by Robby Robinson and "The Seaworthy Offshore Sailboat" by John Vigor. The first book is geared towards the beginning sailor, but hey, you never know what you might learn. The second is obvious by its title, but here you might discover something appropriate towards live aboard.
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Thanks Ken. I'm still absolutely a beginner so I'm sure I'll learn something.
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