The thread may be old, but I always appreciate new advice! I have gotten a lot of good advice here. I have the Annapolis Book of Seamanship already and it is a great book.
My newest development is that I finally bought a boat!
Its nothing big or fancy, but it is all mine. I bought a 1977 Catalina 25 swingkeel. It is in fairly good shape, the sails are in excellent shape, and the outboard runs like a top, well mostly (except at idle, where it tends to die on me, maybe a new carb jet needle needed). Some of the windows leak, and it has some gelcoat cracks and chips which I need to get to as soon as the weather cools down a little here.
I decided to go real cheap for my first boat (it was $4500). I figure I can always sell an inexpensive boat easily when I want to move up, and even if I don't sell it right away, it is paid for and it won't kill me to have it sitting idle if I buy a larger boat someday.
I have only had it two weeks and I have already been out 5 times on it. I have started watching the winds closely and drop everything when it blows to go sail! Unfortunately I have a lot of weekdays off and have trouble finding others to go with me, so I am learning to single-hand very quickly. The hardest part of that, it seems to me, is just leaving and coming back to the dock, especially when it is blowing. Any suggestions for dealing with getting the boat into and out of the slip safely by yourself?
Also, my teen daughter does not like it so far. I have tried all the usual things to help her with seasickness, but, being a teen, she does not listen to me and she just goes below and puts her head on the table. Any suggestions on how to get 13 year old girl interested in sailing?
Ok, I'm off to pour some money and sweat into the boat now!