Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Ashland Ma
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There is a lot to be learned in a wet boat
I learned to sail in 1976 in a Tech Dinghy and I now have something a little bigger. Not much bigger, but I can't trailer it real easy. Little boats are great fun to learn the finer aspects of sailing and getting the most out of your sails and hull. It all translates well to the bigger boat. And learning to sail a sloop rig without a tiller is useful.
Newbies: Read the Bonehead Moves forum, front to back, and back to front... apply the OPM principle and learn from Other People's Mistakes. I have some in there too.
Remember: Your anchor is your friend, so have your heavyweight surefire anchor at the ready at all times - when a current is taking you places you don't want to go (like a bridge to low), that anchor might save your mast, your hull, your outboard etc...
Sand bars... if the tide is running out, you're staying a while, if its coming in, set an anchor to pull her towards, and if there is no tide, set an anchor, jettison the crew and maybe you can gain just enough to nudge her back to deeper water.
Spare parts - Carry spare sheets, fittings, blocks, engine parts (especially electrical elements like power pack, ignition coil, sparks) and the tools to change them. Nothing so satisfying after your motor conks out as servicing it on the water and having her start up again.
Vivacity 24 twin keel
Johnson O/B 9.9