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My first time out
I first got interested in sailing when I was a small tyke. I used to study boat drawings in encyclopedias and other books. I drew hour upon hour of joy from tracing the drawings and dreaming about being on the water.
As I grew older I became caught up in the necessitys of life, work,bills,parenting and I drifted away from nautical things.
One day when visiting a flea market I found an old book entitled "How to sail".
I bought that book and took it home to read. Until that time I actually had no idea how 'sailing' was done! I was at a point in my life where the kids were gone from the nest and I had some extra 'disposable' income'.
I perused the local papers and the broker at the local lake untill I found a small boat I thought I could afford and handle!
I took it to the lake and carefully raised the mast and hanked on the sails and all the other things I had to do to ready my small boat. (A Luger 16').
I launched her and motored out into the lake all the while my hands were shaking! I cut the motor and raised the sails and sculled the stern of the boat around with the rudder and then something magical happened! The sails filled with a 'poof!' and the boat (her name was Lil' Bit) begain to move!
This was the first time I had ever been on a sailboat. Since that day I have been hooked and am now dreaming of retiring in the Carribean on a cruising sailboat.