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Re: Minimum wind for a Flying Scot?

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Oh really?

Then I have another question: You know the guy who rigs the boats and tows you around if you get stuck? Is it customary to tip him?

I'm very new to marinas and don't know all the customs.
I've never tipped him and I've never seen anyone do so.
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Re: Minimum wind for a Flying Scot?

The guy who rigs the boats for you and comes out to rescue you sounds like a good person to have on your side.
If others aren't cash tipping him on a regular basis then you probably should not either.
If you are going to use this place again next year I would try to find out what kind of adult beverage he likes and give him a bottle/case of beer before the season ends.
He will most likely remember you favorably and it won't cost you that much.
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Re: Minimum wind for a Flying Scot?

So I was all set to go sailing tomorrow: beautiful day, light winds just like last week, I had a list of drills I wanted to practice, and I was going to bring a plate of homemade gluten free cookies for the dock guy and his daughter....

...only to find out that the marina is closed due to the government shutdown.

The marina is on park land I guess, so they aren't allowed to operate. Never even occurred to me.

Damn....
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So I was all set to go sailing tomorrow: beautiful day, light winds just like last week, I had a list of drills I wanted to practice, and I was going to bring a plate of homemade gluten free cookies for the dock guy and his daughter....

...only to find out that the marina is closed due to the government shutdown.

The marina is on park land I guess, so they aren't allowed to operate. Never even occurred to me.

Damn....
I know. I'm furloughed myself and I was thinking of heading down there today because I'm more comfortable single-handling the Flying Scots than my own boat. (Docking single-handed....well, I've barely mastered docking with crew.)

Then I remembered that Belle Haven Marina is NPS. Rats. So many things I could do while unemployed in DC are closed.
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Re: Minimum wind for a Flying Scot?

emcentar-

The thought of not sailing on such a beautiful day was unacceptable to me, so I called around.

Woodbridge Sailing School is open and has a fleet of Catalina 22s they rent. Score!

Now, I've never sailed a Catalina 22, so I asked what qualifications I needed. They said if you've never sailed one, you just have to do a 1-hr checkout with one of their captains for $40 and then you are good to go. Guess what I'm doing tomorrow.

After that, you can rent a boat for 2 hr for $50, the same rate as Belle Haven. The nice thing about this place is that you can rent their boats for more than 2 hours- up to 24 hours. I'm thinking a day sail up to DC and back is in my not-so-distant future.

They also have a Catalina 25, Oday 222, and Venture 222.
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PS- I'm sorry to hear about your furlough.

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Re: Minimum wind for a Flying Scot?

I have a Catalina-22 They are nice. You will enjoy them I think. Let Us know good or bad . They are a nice economy boat, I can camp and do and overnight. You can tow it to a lake 5 hours away set them up and sail.
We were going to have the Catalina 22 regional At Cave Run lake; The Ramps have been closed. It cancelled our year ending event. I do not know if the regional we be held on later on some other lake. Our 2 day club camp out will not happen.
I am very sorry so many folks are without pay. Congress still gets paid.
Kind regards, Lou
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Re: Minimum wind for a Flying Scot?

Well, I was very excited to try out a Catalina 22 on Thursday, only to wake up that morning to 1 knot of wind. I almost started a new thread "Minimum wind for a Catalina 22?"

Instead I called the marina and they suggested we re-schedule for Friday, which I did. Unfortunately on Friday, there was even LESS wind.

*sigh*

It kills me to waste these beautiful October days. Aside from the wind, the last few days have been absolutely gorgeous.

I was complaining to one of my landlubber friends and she mentioned she had another sailor friend who races Lightnings and has her own boat. I called her up and turns out she's dying to take out her Lightning but has trouble finding crew to sail it with her during the week. I promptly volunteered and we are now BFFs.

The only problem.... she keeps it at Washington Sailing Marina and they, too, are closed due to the shutdown.

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Re: Minimum wind for a Flying Scot?

The wind here has been fair. The real lake is closed What a shame!
Take the Catalina out with your new BFF. I can not explain how much I enjoy my C-22 I have to go to a lake 60 miles away to enjoy. Plan an small lunch stop at anchor or tie up or even do an overnight. The C-22 is second only to the Sunfish in numbers built.
I use my FJ at the two smaller local lakes ? puddles 10 miles away to get my sailing fix. open boats are fun ! I just can not help to think you will enjoy a day in a c-22. also
I would rather enjoy time becalmed waiting on a small puff than toiling away at work with the poor landlubber that only wants the TV. Work to get free ! Regards, Lou
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