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Old 05-18-2011
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Self Learning

I bought my boat, an older (74) 30' Soverel. My first self taught lesson was docking solo! A lesson I will never forget, neither will the dock workers who sat and watched the comedy unfold.
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What a great thread for a newbie such as myself.

I bought a used, 1977 21' sloop, on a whim 2 years ago, (craigslist impulse purchase), and with no sailing experience....just a desire to someday sail.

After two years in storage, I hauled the boat out, and am learning everything from square one. My first post on this forum was about "how to setup the mainsheet", and the replies from the experienced sailors here was invaluable. With their help, I expect to have the boat on the lake in June.

I'm going to be one of those self-taught guys. After reading this thread (and I especially liked the member who said "...after making sure nobody was looking, I raised the sail..."), I am feeling much better about getting out there.

Thanks to all who have contributed to this thread....reading it was a great way to spend the evening!
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i shouldrty , sitting for 6 yrs be on the water in a week just bought a chrysler c 22 it was dirty having sat for 6 yrs sails are like new motor being tuned right now i will need cushion covers c ant wait to get it on the water
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About a year ago now, I taught myself how to sail by first reading then doing. It was an easy thing to do, but then I was already comfortable around boats (power boats, row boats, canoes, rafts, ha, inner tubes) so all I had to deal with learning-wise was sail control. If you're a total newbie to boats I'd take a class.
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I taught myself to sail on Long Island Sound in a sailing dinghy many decades ago. However, when I bought my catamaran, I signed up for a sailing course which went for about 6 weeks. I needed the refresher. Actually, learning to day sail can be self taught, but manuvering around docks is an acquired talent honed by experience.
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I just got my first sailboat last summer, and only had a few chances to take it out on a small local lake... but wow, what fun! I just did some glass work on the floor of the cockpit (if that's what you want to call it - my lil boat is a Dolphin Sr, 14 1/2 ft lateen rig), so I should be able to take it out again fairly soon!

I've also had a chance to spend a couple of hours on an older 25' MacGregor, recently - that was a lot of fun, too!

The only part of sailing that gets to me is heeling over - but when you realize that you're only leaning at about 10 degrees or so, you get over it, and learn to shift your weight. With a little more experience (re: more than just 3 or 4 times out!) I should be feeling much more comfortable with heeling over.

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Way back in 1980 I learned how to sail when I went to camp at the Army Navy Academy in Carlsbad, CA..

I distinctly remember the instructor plopping my into the Lido 14 and giving me basic instruction on tiller and sail and pushing me off with a kick on the transom and the shouted reassurance of "I'll come out and make sure you don't drown."

I spent hours on the water... made tons of mistakes... in fact I can right a Lido in no time!!!! learned to "save myself" and developed a love of sailing that bit me in the ass this year (we now have three boats...)

Now I have tons to learn before I would venture offshore but the skills and confidence I learned in 1980 are still with me and I hope to pass that on to my own kids. I picked up a Hunter 146 yesterday for my kids and I hope and pray that I can give them the freedom to try, fail and learn that was afforded to me......
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One thing about sailing that becomes pretty evident the first time out. "You can't sail directly into the wind". Once you know that everything else seems to fall into place.
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Chuck Norris can sail directly into the wind.
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