Yet another Louisianan...
Rarely do I introduce myself formally like this on message boards but since the two most recent posts were also from Louisianans I thought I'd chime in.
I'm here thanks to a crazy idea. An idea that has and continues to receive much criticism, critique, and flak (See Here). The short version goes something like this: Buy 24-30' turnkey vessel in southern Florida. Outfit said vessel to just beyond safe. Set sail to San Juan, PR in time for sister's wedding. After wedding, sail as far south as budgeted finances/wherewithal/weather permits. Put boat up for sale at end location. Fly back home.
That idea has been trimmed, dumbed down, and possibly abandoned, but, it rejuvenated the desire to learn to sail that I had and squandered while living in the Caribbean more than 7 years ago.
Now, I'm trying to get aboard as often as possible (within a week of hatching the above idea, I somehow found myself sailing to the Statue of Liberty in Manhattan and a few days later on a 36' Benneteau during the Wed. night races). Like most who want a boat of their own, I waste precious hours on yachtworld.com, amazed that what appears to be a decent craft can be had for under $5,000. I'm hoping to cut my teeth via the Wednesday night races, lessons, asking numerous questions here, and studying the various sailing school literature that I can get my hands on all the while keeping my eyes open for a good find.
If you happen to come across this post and you sail around the New Orleans area and are ever in need of a novice yet enthusiastic crew or if you just have a penchant for passing along your knowledge first hand, get in touch.
Re: Yet another Louisianan...
Hi there. I'm not far from the New Orleans area...but I am new to sailing and I have not a clue on how to get started. Any advice?
Re: Yet another Louisianan...
As I'm new to sailing in New Orleans myself, I don't have much info to offer aside from my plans to go about it. There seem to be a few folks on Sailnet that are in the New Orleans area so we're both on a good start. The key is getting on a boat, no?
I have a friend who used to bartend at one of the yacht clubs in New Orleans. When I got back into sailing I gave him a ring, asked him if he knew of anyone with a boat. He came back with a name and number of a friend whose family races. One call later, I'm on board. I was surprised to find out that I knew 2 other people that night at the races. It's a small town. Put the word out. The people whom I've run into that sail have been great, friendly, accommodating people who enjoy sharing the passion with people.
As I mentioned in my first post, I'm also learning on my own via old coast guard manuals, Animated Knots by Grog | How to Tie Knots | Fishing, Boating, Climbing, Scouting, Search and Rescue, Household, Decorative, Rope Care, (great site), and all I can glean about the various makes and models of boats out there.
If all else fails, head to the docks and introduce yourself.
Have you sailed before?
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