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Re: Sailboat that can be beached???
I took your advice along with some others and it was a beautiful afternoon! I took boat out about waist deep and got in from the stern. Had center board in place waiting for deeper water. Had my son give me a hard shove into the wind to roll with the gentle breakers on the bay, drop the rudder, had my other son in the boat and he put the center board all the way down , I raised the main, he raised the jib and off we went. Like everyone has said, just keep practicing and eventually it will be like learning to ride a bike! We did tip it once but it was easy to right because winds were light at about 9 knots from SW. Plus it was 98 F so a dip in the water felt nice!
I appreciate all of the advice and encouragement to just keep trying. I do feel like that launching from the beach is not ideal for this boat, that a boat launce or directly from a dock would be a lot easier but part of sailing is learning all the ends and outs!