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This is why I have always stated that most sailors are better seaman than powerboaters. Sailors have to know more in order to succeed at sailing a boat....where a powerboater only has to turn the keep, drop the throttle and turn the wheel...


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With no sailing experience whatsoever, I bought a Grampian 23 last year that I had to move about 30 miles up the Chesapeake. Fortunately, I had a couple of avid sailor friends, and we got it all home in one piece. If it hadn't been for the friends, I wouldn't have known even how to raise the sails.

I have lots of experience on the water but none with sailing. Whereas in addition to steering the powerboat has four basic parts (forward, reverse, fast and slow) the sailboat has a squillion parts and you have to know where they all connect.

But, I'm learning. The SN forum is a great resource.

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"...where a powerboater only has to turn the keep, drop the throttle and turn the wheel..."

You're right SD. When I tried that with the sailboat, we jumped right into the first pirouette. The killer is that I cannot find a sailboat pirouette competition anywhere on the Chesapeake Bay.

To BoxedUp: Sorry man, but whether sailing or blogging it seems for most of us there is just one way to get started.
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Re: New to Sailing and gotta move my boat

A newbie myself I would ask someone to go along with you and teach you how to sail her. If you want to risk it, make sure you bring a radio and know how to use it just in case your engine fails and know how to anchor. There has got to be someone out there who will love to go with you for a ride and show you how to do it right.
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Re: New to Sailing and gotta move my boat

Mark,
Just FYI, this thread is from 2010. The OP has probably decided what to do at this point.
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Re: New to Sailing and gotta move my boat

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Mark,
Just FYI, this thread is from 2010. The OP has probably decided what to do at this point.
Actually the orignal post was from 2007, so let's hope they made it!

But I read this and made me smile, such a typical post...

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The catalina 27 is very easy to sail. That being said, I dunno nuffin' 'bout birfin' no outboard on that boat.

I know I can make 5.5, 5.7 kts with the A-4 inboard.
Take the advise of the sailors here, they're good people.
(well, most of them)
Also, take a weekend or two, talk to some people at the marina, ask for them to go out for a day sail with you. It'll make you much more comfortable with your boat. You can do it. Raise the sails, know when to reef, and go slow, you'll be fine.
He is still missed...
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Re: New to Sailing and gotta move my boat

Sorry, though I am new to sailing I am not new to bulletin boards and should have checked the date. It just struck me because I was/am in the same situation. Wonder how he made out.
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Re: New to Sailing and gotta move my boat

Although this is a very old post it was interesting to see some of the posters. Some we have lost forever, some may come back, but all are missed!
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Re: New to Sailing and gotta move my boat

amen.
thanks for digging it back up, mark.
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