Hey Hey Hey - SailNet Community
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 21 Old 06-04-2007 Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 12
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Hey Hey Hey

So, im totally new and lurking so i thought i would say hey!
Little back ground, im 38 and entering into my mid-life crisis. and the dream of living on a boat is rearing its head again. a few years ago before we built our house i approached the wife with the idea, and was promptly shot down in flames. so i tried again a few weeks ago with the same result. not even living on a boat, but just learing to sail.
so im thinking about taking lessons on my own. being a total greenhorn i have no clue what to do first. so i am fishing around here for now.
nice to meet you all!
SpeedoApe
SpeedoApe is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 21 Old 06-04-2007
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 47
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Where are you located?
km2x is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 21 Old 06-04-2007 Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 12
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Hello km2x, i live south of houston tx. in friendswood. about 25 mins from Kemah. Kemah has several sailing schools that i want to check out.
S.A.
SpeedoApe is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #4 of 21 Old 06-04-2007
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 47
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
I learned by showing up to crew at a yacht club. Quick easy and fun
km2x is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #5 of 21 Old 06-04-2007
Telstar 28
 
sailingdog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: New England
Posts: 43,290
Thanks: 0
Thanked 17 Times in 13 Posts
Rep Power: 15
         
Taking a basic class (like ASA 101) can't hurt... since it will give you the foundation and language to speak somewhat intelligently to other sailors... a good class will teach you the difference between halyards (used for raising sails) and sheets (used for controling the end of a sail). Also, it will give you the fundamentals of how a sailboat works, and how to "balance" the sails and trim them.

Once, you've done a basic class... then spending time sailing, even if it is just as intelligent ballast on a racing boat, will help. I also recommend you get and read Seidman's The Complete Sailor.

Sailingdog

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Telstar 28
New England

You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.

—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)

If you're new to the Sailnet Forums... please read this
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
.

Still—DON'T READ THAT POST AGAIN.
sailingdog is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #6 of 21 Old 06-04-2007
Caribbean Surveyor
 
canadianseamonkey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Now in Sosua, DR
Posts: 511
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 10
 
Welcome SpeedoApe. I think I would have to leave my wife if she didn't want to sail with me. Why don't you bring her sailing on a dinner cruise thing, and watch the sunset. She may get hooked on the romantic side of it. Worth a try.

Are you saying that in a few years I'm going to enter my mid-life crisis. Oh man!
canadianseamonkey is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #7 of 21 Old 06-04-2007 Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 12
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by canadianseamonkey
Are you saying that in a few years I'm going to enter my mid-life crisis. Oh man!
yea...since it was no to sailing, i got a Harley. So know i have a big payment on something i dont really ride. nice huh?
hey when people say take the 101 class, i get that. then they say, then go sailing. where? can you rent little boats? how can a total newbie just up and Go Sail?
S.A.
SpeedoApe is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #8 of 21 Old 06-04-2007
Senior Member
 
soul searcher's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Ft. Walton Beach FL.
Posts: 488
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 10
 
Trade the harley for a boat and go to it.

seriously you can join a yacht club or sailing club they usually have small boats you can learn on and classes. or get a small day sailor and go out and sail it. Its not that hard to make the boat go. what you will get into after you learn to make it go is more technical but really is just refining how you make it go. so you go faster and more in control.
get a sailing for dummies book (no offence we have a copy)and go go go.
then hang on because its goin to get real expensive. you just think that harley cost a lot.

P.S. PLEASE don't post pics of the speedo you'll scare all the kids.

Matt
s\v Soul Searcher
Caliber 40LRC

All boats are sinking it's just a matter of how fast.

Last edited by soul searcher; 06-04-2007 at 05:20 PM.
soul searcher is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #9 of 21 Old 06-04-2007
Jersey Member
 
STARWINDY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Bayville, New Jersey
Posts: 81
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 10
 
if you have Never sailed at all, check out your local paper, craigslist, boat shopper. Get a small laser or other tiny boat...you will learn alot of the "craft" of sailing from that. If you subscribe to Netflix or Blockbuster..they have a good deal of sailing videos (however..i find them a bit corny). Good luck to you...you found a good place here at Sailnet!!!
STARWINDY is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #10 of 21 Old 06-04-2007
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 1
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Crisis? I thought it was a solution!

Just bought a 36' Nauticat Motorsailer named "Finlandia". The plan was to have my midlife crises at 40 and do this then, but I got married and built a house instead. Been telling everyone ever since that I am living in my sailboat.
Turned 58 and bought a Ducati ST3 (motorcycle). Though it was (and still is, a thrill) that didn't do it either. Just turned 60 and said "now is the time!" My wife didn't want to go either, so I flew off to St. Vincent to learn to sail in the islands, came back and bought the boat. Am picking her up (the boat, not the wife) in New Bern, NC on Wednesday. Will take her out and learn how she and I get along. Will either work or there will be a 36' Nauticat on the market in a couple of months.
Anyone interested in crewing with me up the ICW in a couple of weeks?
Wish me luck!!
Nauticat38 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hey bwalker42 General Discussion (sailing related) 0 05-31-2006 02:07 PM
Hey Wooosh, windship General Discussion (sailing related) 8 04-09-2004 10:10 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome