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Old 01-23-2013
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Re: Don't need no lessons..just go..

This has been a great thread!! You have given me the inspiration to just find my boat and get out there. I have sailed in the past on friends boats but now I want one of my own. I was the one in the mindset that I had to wait and save up for that 45 foot sail yacht I really wanted. Now, I am going to check out some really reasonable 30 footers I have been finding almost everywhere around the Chesapeake. Thanks for all the inspiration!!!!
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Re: Don't need no lessons..just go..

.... well, I have heard that aa3jy used to lick the frosting off donuts in the coffee kitchen at work, and then put them back on the tray, when no one would see it.

There's no proof for this, not even a reference where he allegedly worked, but I thought I'd just put it out here.

Disgusting, isn't it??

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..that's the philosophy of this couple..

The INTERVIEW WITH A CRUISER Project: 10 Questions for Bumfuzzle

..I've heard that certain cruising associations have had differing opinions to the point that they have been banned on blogs/forums..
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Re: Don't need no lessons..just go..

Add me to the list of people who think this is a great thread!

I grew up around boats my whole life. My father is a ship pilot, and avid fisherman. I have been at the helm of powerboats since I was a young child. I've also been a deckhand on harbor tugs. I absolutely love being out on the water. I have always been intrigued with sailing since a young age, and now at the ripe old age of 26 I finally got myself a boat.

I haven't taken any classes, but I have started reading books, forums, and any other information regarding sailing. I finally joined our local club, and met some good folks. I ended up with a 1965 Flying Scot. I was able to meet someone with a lot of sailing history (current liveaboard and also a avid scot racer). Crewing and racing with him has taught me more than anything else. I have also learned the major differences in the Scot and being at the helm of his 43 footer!!

I'm young, naive, and inexperienced when it comes to sailing... But I'm learning and man, life is good when you're out on the water.
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I joined a sail club. There are a ton of members that need a hand and love to talk. I go out when I can and will take anyone out that sails on mine. There are 70 year old ladies that will smoke the young kids on the water. (I think their glasses give them xray vision for the wind.) I learn something every time we meet and it is all free. The club was 25 without a boat 75 with. I also read everything I can. I think the important thing is never stop learning
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Re: Don't need no lessons..just go..

I Have always had boats in some form or another since the early 1970s
But never owned or had ever been in a sailing dinghy or yacht until some 6 years ago when we bought a fixer upper. and

I had a new fast fishing boat so there was no rush to do a yacht. I did have a bit of know how and what was for waht in Yacht rigging as I worked for a company when leaving school making yacht and boat rigging items.

Well Our first yacht ever was completed and launched.
It sat in the Marina for a few weeks as we started the engine and went for a slow motor around the marina.

One summers evening we were sat on the tiny bit of decking we had and another yacht was just about to leave the marina to go to sea.

Within a flash we were right behind them going out of the marina through the basin lock and out to sea.
We motored around a bit then Hauled up the main sail.
Lurched to one side and away we went.

We have never looked back and gained all our little know how from that day.
Four yachts later and were back again to another refurb yacht and Just can't wait to be out there sailing again.

We have I must say had a few scary moments as we went from level to 40 degrees and now can't get enough of it.

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