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Re: Near disasterous first sail
As I read these posts, it occured to me , just fortunate that I had been to have an experinced friend each time we got a bigger boat.
I was asked to accompany a friend, who had no boating experince, on his Marshal Cat Boat, to introduce him to sailing. We went out in 10kts of breeze on a warm fall day. We beat a little, then reached and ran down wind. I showed him how to 'hove to' before reaching back to our creek.
We were on a far beam reach when to mast broke away at its base! "Now that was exciting!" After gathering up the rig and securing to starbord side, motored about two miles to our marina.
Rodny felt there was little else that I could teach him. He had gotten the 'Full Monty' in his first sailing lesson.
By the way; the base of the mast had rotted from the inside, the varished exterior concealed the problem.
Do not go out into wind veocities that exede your water line length
When is the time to reduce sail? The first time you think about it.
* exception: The first time your partner suggests it!