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Re: Don't need no lessons..just go..

I'm a member of a Sailing Club in Pensacola (they are awesome). Today when I wrapped up the day on a Catalina 22, I mentioned to the guy working that I can't wait to take a boat out overnight. His response was, "Just go ahead and enroll in the 103&104 combo for $1400 (or so) bucks and it'll be no problem."

I was looking at several used 27 footers on Craigslist along the western coast of Florida for under $3000.

One could blow $1500 on a weeklong livaboard class or put it toward a boat and just sleep on it overnight whenever one wants.

I'd say there are two little 'me's arguing with each other on my shoulders, but I don't feel much of a conflict over this one.
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Re: Don't need no lessons..just go..

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Re: Don't need no lessons..just go..

I have been teaching my self. I watch u-tube and I read all the time. I take the s/v East Coast lady out as often as I can. I have sailed a hobi-cat in the past, But this 30 footer aint the same.
Let me tell you what happened to us today. while sailing in the Beaufort river we had an incident with a channel marker. For a bit of orientation, we were north bound. The tide was running with us at 3 knots the wind was off our starboard quarter 10 to 15. There was a sailboat race going on and we were going around it, trying to give them room. So, My sailing partner was driving the boat the pole was to our port side. when we went broadside to the flow of the river the pole came charging right at our port beam. Well I hurried over to that side and grabbed the pole and held us off. It was very hard. I felt like I was not going to hold it at first, but then I told him to turn hard to port and it began to move around the marker. We finely worked free not soon enough. Lesson here was one I don't think a A101 or A102 or any other would have taught us. No one got hurt and we will never forget our experience or our lesson. Keep all fixed markers to the windward side of your beam.
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Re: Don't need no lessons..just go..

" Keep all fixed markers to the windward side of your beam. " And those fixed items leeward, I like to give them as much room as possible. This way I have more time to enjoy my state of panic before the "event".
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" Keep all fixed markers to the windward side of your beam. " And those fixed items leeward, I like to give them as much room as possible. This way I have more time to enjoy my state of panic before the "event".

I will tell you ... there was defently panic involved. And It will not happen again. Great teacher !!! Great Teacher!!
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Re: Don't need no lessons..just go..

Graduating from a 9' sail dink some 26 yrs ago to a 27 footer this coming season will be daunting. It's easier to list the similarities than the differences. They both float, have a couple of sails and were/are both FRP. That's about it! Other than being larger, heavier and much more hardware and lines on a magnitude of epic proportions...same thing.
I plan to assume control [of the new, bigger boat] the same way, though; by s-l-o-w-l-y 'feeling' the boat and first learning how to stop. I have a bud that soloed a Hunter 34 for years that has offered to ride along and gimme some pointers.


ASA??? Mebbe! but later Mo' money better spent outfitting

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Re: Don't need no lessons..just go..

Great thread!!!
I am definitely on the "just do it" crowd. I grew up on the water but my only sailing experience was racing a small tri-hull with friends and teaching puffer handling at summer camp.
Now some 35 years later I get hooked so I go out and grab a 30 year old US27 and can't wait to get to know it next summer. Don't get me wrong, if you have zero experience on the water you do need a safety course under your belt but you don't need a $20K boat and another $3K in school to get it to move.

Just do it....life is out there
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Graduating from a 9' sail dink some 26 yrs ago to a 27 footer this coming season will be daunting...I plan to assume control [of the new, bigger boat] the same way, though; by s-l-o-w-l-y 'feeling' the boat and first learning how to stop.

You have a long, hard road of learning ahead of you before you feel comfortable with the 27-footer...about six hours. A couple of days out on the water and you'll be doing everything while taking a nap.
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