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I'd have second thoughts about going out with someone who called off a daysail merely because his gps/depth sounder wasn't working.
Anyway, it's his job to make sure you're comfortable, feel safe, and are having a good time. All of that makes learning much easier.

Sorry I quoted the wrong person in the my last post.

Not sure if that post got deleted or not but just in case, here it is again....

He has charts to back up the gps but since we hadn't sailed in this area, thought that the depth sounder was pretty important.
Even as a novice, I tend to agree...strongly!
He made a good decision....even though I messed up at the dock.
Practice, practice, practice!!!!
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I recently moved from 14.2 day sailer to a nicely equipped 37' Sloop. I often have to sail alone and my decking into the slip was hit and miss all over until I found this and watched the video. Now, decking is easy. I have the control of the boat all the time.

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Thanks rockDawg,
I am going to check into that!!
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After you watch the video, you will become better sailor than your BF. Please don't dump your BF for the one with a larger
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ohhhhh...I thought you were going to say larger
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Good sturdy boats. I think they have a steering station inside at the nav station in addition to the one in the cockpit...People used these as charters some time ago...
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Dear Kelti,
The important thing I've found about docking or maneuvering any large or heavy boat in close quarters, is that slooow is best. Hang the fenders and have lines coiled and fast at each cleat so that once close enough to the dock (with the lifeline gates open) you can step off and fend the boat from striking anything, secure a line by looping it around a cleat to keep the boat from hitting the head of the slip and if necessary, hold it in place to secure another line. Once a line is secure and the engine is in neutral, she's not going anywhere. Typically I alternate between in gear and out to keep just enough way on to steer and am usually drifting in neutral turning into the slip. If you're barely moving even bumping the dock isn't catastrophic,
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Take a women-only cruising course. There are a number of schools that offer them and they are a great way to learn the basics without the added complications of the relationship.
The idea of taking a course is an excellent suggestion, and there is a women-only sailing school in Nanaimo (I believe it is called Herizon?). My wife recently completed the Cdn. Yachting Assn Basic Cruising course, and it has done wonders for her confidence. Keltie, I believe it would also increase your comfort level when you are out with your boy friend.

As for docking, don't let a bad first experience discourage you. I know of very experienced skippers who cringe when it is time to dock, and I have only began to feel comfortable in recent years (pride goeth before the fall? ). Now that my wife is quite comfortable with the rest of the boat, we are going to do some docking practice. She'll probably end doing it better than I do.
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My BF suggested I get a bit of sailing in first, and then take a course if I still chose to. We're going out again this weekend....I'm nervous!!
He also feels that the steering is sluggish and had someone go up and take a look. Apparently, its fine. My bf is thinking there is 'gunk' in the prop preventing it from 'cutting' through the water. So someone else is going to go and take a look at that before we get there.
Anyways, we'll see how it goes this time around!!
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