I have never sailed before. I owned powerboat all my life. I have no problems getting into a dragster and run 200 mph in 660 feet.
But now it time to learn to sail my 30'. I know all the books say to learn on a small boat first, but I don't have one.
I've been reading for a month now. I know some of you will say take a class, and some will say go with some one that know how to sail. That not what I'm ask here.
I've taken the boat out with the motor and got the feel of how she acts in the current and to the wind on her hull. I know the waters and can read and plot the charts, and one of the few power boater that know the rules of the Road. Now to my question.
1. Went do most rookies put to much Load on the equipment like mine? I read that this is one of the things that happen to you when learning to sail on a boat of this size.
I think this would be when the boat is heeled while close hauled and close reach.
Here my plan.
To motor out to an area I know the waters well, on a week day when there not a lot of boat around. If the wind right.
Motor to a Close reach and raise the sails letting them luff in the wind. Then cut the engine and pull in the main and jib then steer into a Beam reach letting the sail out and trim till they stop luffing. Then steer into a close reach and let the sails out to luff and come to a stop.
How is my plan up to this point?
Do you think I should reef the main my first time?