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10-22-2013 05:25 AM
janice142
Re: Does a first sail ever go as planned?

I'm certain you made the proper choice to return to the dock and fix the problem... part two, not going back out was an equally good decision. All too often when tired (or stressed) mistakes happen and judgment is clouded by fatigue. Somehow getting down into the bilge to repair successfully the stuffing box counts in my book as something that needs pondering afterwards, not the physically and mentally demanding job of sailing a boat you're still learning.

At least that's my take. As you become more experienced with repairing underway you'll have the confidence to repair "out there" but for now, being in a place where you could have gotten assistance or a second opinion strikes me as smart. It's the "heroes" that end up in the news for some bonehead fiasco....

Good Job Cap'n Daniel.
10-22-2013 12:48 AM
Cap'n Russ
Re: Does a first sail ever go as planned?

As a military guy, we always said "no plan survives first contact with the enemy" and "the enemy always gets a vote on your plan." :-)
10-21-2013 11:24 PM
Rhapsody-NS27
Re: Does a first sail ever go as planned?

Quote:
Originally Posted by The Ol Man View Post
In the military we have a saying...At the first shot, all plans are subject to rapid modification...the same applies to sailing.
I was on a training event once where a guys said, "A plan is a list of stuff that ain't going to happen" and for the same reason. I guess a lot of places in the military have similar sayings.
10-21-2013 10:43 PM
jimgo
Re: Does a first sail ever go as planned?

Thanks, that made me smile. Congratulations - what an AMAZING feeling, isn't it? Yeah, you'll learn to stow a few things better...but that's part of the fun! Congrats!!!
10-21-2013 10:15 PM
The Ol Man
Re: Does a first sail ever go as planned?

In the military we have a saying...At the first shot, all plans are subject to rapid modification...the same applies to sailing.
10-21-2013 04:50 PM
Rhapsody-NS27
Re: Does a first sail ever go as planned?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sublime View Post
"If anything is going to happen , it's going to happen out there." -Captain Ron

Now you understand better lol!
So true!
10-21-2013 03:46 PM
Sublime
Re: Does a first sail ever go as planned?

"If anything is going to happen , it's going to happen out there." -Captain Ron

Now you understand better lol!
10-21-2013 01:34 AM
Rhapsody-NS27
I Sailed!

Today started of cold. I look out the window of the house and see frost on the grass and car. It seemed to be a good day to stay home. Instead, I decided to get out of the house and head to the boat. It was clear today without a cloud in the sky. There was also a nice breeze blowing.

I went to the boat thinking I could do some cleaning, maybe winterize but something told me to try sailing again. Winterizing will wait.

Like the previous attempt and the videos I took before, I motored out and through the canal to the other lake. There was hardly anyone out. There was a few speedboats with guys going fishing. There was maybe 5 or 6 sailboats near the canal and maybe a few more farther down. I don't know how strong the wind blew but it was more than the last time.

Sailing went well. While looking at the GPS, I would say my average speed was around 3-3.5 knots. I was able to get the boat up to 5-5.5 knots but that also involved the boat leaning over 25-30 degrees from the healing gauge mounted by the companionway.

I had the main and jib out and did a couple tacks. After an hour or so, I dropped sails and floated while I went down below and picked up all the stuff that got thrown around all over the place while heeled over. I raised only the mainsail and sailed back to the canal and motored the rest of the way back to the marina. I was sailing for about an hour and a half so it wasn't long but I still enjoyed myself very much.

Now, I just need to work on sail trim.


Finally Sailing 2 - YouTube
10-08-2013 10:59 AM
Fllcatsailor
Re: Does a first sail ever go as planned?

The normally never go as smoothly as planned... Although every once in awhile they just seem to work out...
10-08-2013 09:55 AM
boz86
Re: Does a first sail ever go as planned?

Got to definitely look behind the maintainers.
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