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07-13-2013 11:12 PM
Re: Complete Newbie...No Idea What I'm Doing...

I'm glad I stumbled upon this post . I have been wanting to own a sailboat for years now, and still saving for it. Those are very good , realistic advice there.
07-12-2013 09:52 AM
Re: Complete Newbie...No Idea What I'm Doing...

Something I've always felt is true;

"Just because someone is very good at something they do, and you want to learn it. It doesn't mean, that person can teach it to you"

imho Sailors are terrible teachers.
07-12-2013 08:06 AM
Complete Newbie...No Idea What I'm Doing...

Don't know about power squadron, but for sailing what you want is instruction thru ASA or US Sailing.
07-09-2013 09:46 AM
Re: Complete Newbie...No Idea What I'm Doing...

Well, still certainly good to know you folks are just down the 'pike!

A regional recreational sailors group would be kind of neat actually. Put me down as interested!
07-09-2013 09:35 AM
Re: Complete Newbie...No Idea What I'm Doing...

Jim, I had tried to set up a PA NJ DE area recreational sailors group but it didn't seem to fly well. then I got the idea to have a "Delaware River Recreational Sailors" group. Take 5 and Uldah were keen on the idea too but it just seems like land based gatherings are the only way to have such a group. Distance.. being the problem mostly.
07-09-2013 09:25 AM
Re: Complete Newbie...No Idea What I'm Doing...

Ahhh...there are several of us from a bit farther east.
07-09-2013 08:50 AM
Re: Complete Newbie...No Idea What I'm Doing...

Shippensburg, just south of Carlisle and Harrisburg.
07-09-2013 08:23 AM
Re: Complete Newbie...No Idea What I'm Doing...

Spray, where in PA?
07-09-2013 08:20 AM
Re: Complete Newbie...No Idea What I'm Doing...

We're actually semi-close to one another Staredge. I'm down in NOVA but have my boat up at my parent's place in Pennsylvania. I pass through Germantown frequently. Good to know a friendly in the area!
07-07-2013 01:34 PM
Re: Complete Newbie...No Idea What I'm Doing...

I've finally started working on my plan:

-Buy a $350 sailing dinghy for a local lake. Learn how to sail it this summer.
-Start saving money.
-Take some local Power Squadron/USCGAux classes, this summer and next.
-Next summer, continue sailing but start to look for a decent quality trailer sailor that can get me around the Chesapeake in decent weather.
-Continue saving money.
-Continue learning, so that in a few years when all the kids are somewhat self-sufficient for short periods of time we can look at longer, possibly offshore trips.
-Profit!!! (exceptin' it's a boat, so there shan't be anything but bills)

I've been wanting to learn to sail for 30 some years, and finally figured a way to do it. Never thought about being rail meat. Wish I had.....I'm huge. Make good ballast, and I at least have a clue. (BTW, anyone reading this....I'm an hour out of Annapolis and will bring beer/cider/rum as needed)
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