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05-08-2007 10:52 PM
tenuki lake washington gets as warm as 70 degrees in the summer, hence my idea of going there for live MOB drills. heh. I'll probably still get a wet suit for the occasion.
05-04-2007 03:47 PM
sailingdog Tenuki-

I hope you have a good wetsuit or better yet, a dry suit...
05-04-2007 02:28 PM
tenuki If you do them together the dominate one needs to read a few stories like SD mentioned and then try to be the quiet passive one for the week. Your life my depend on it.

When I took my classes there was a wife/husband/son team. I'm sad to report the wife definitely didn't learn much due to this factor. Fortunately the son was old enough to know to ignore his father and learn anyway. lol.

My wife is taking them separately this summer, then I'm taking her to lake washington and making her recover me via life sling + tackle several times. Puget Sound is rather unforgiving in MOB situations.
05-04-2007 01:02 PM
emjaybee i am also looking for a weeklong. what program have you found?
04-21-2007 07:44 PM
sailingdog Don't know about the school...but good for her...
04-21-2007 01:06 PM
ffsmo Well she's hooked. We went on a lackluster sail at the oakland boat show yesterday. It was a quick 30 minute sail/ cruise(not much wind,some motor) on a hunter 31. She loved it. Now shes researching schools in the bay area. I think she like club nautique the best. Anyone have any experience with them?
03-22-2007 10:14 AM
sailingdog One thing I think that most couples who are new to sailng don't think about, even if they are both really into the idea of cruising, is that both of them will often effectively be single-handing the boat when they are out... the other will be sleeping, plotting their position, cooking in the galley, bleeding the fuel lines, whatever... Each really needs to have all the abilities to navigate, sail, dock, reef the sails, and anchor the boat as if they were single handing.

There have been a few horror stories about how the husband fell overboard, and the wife didn't know enough about sailing the boat to do a successful MOB recovery.

That said... when a couple is out sailing... one of the couple should definitely take the responsiblity of being "captain". Sailing a boat by committee is a dangerous and foolish way to do it. They also need to be able to work as a team, as well as independently. IMHO, if they can't do both... the marriage is on its way to being sunk... but that's just me.

As for small boat sailing... I think sailing a dinghy is an excellent thing to do, even if you have no ambition to race them. Dinghies and smaller keelboats, like J/24s are so much more responsive to sail trim, crew position, steering changes, and such, that you really do learn a lot more about how these affect a boat's performance. Crewing on a race boat is also a good thing, especially in light air races. Maximizing the performance of a boat in light air is just as important to the cruising sailor IMHO, as it is to the racing sailor. Being able to tweak a boat and get her moving in five knots of wind could be the difference between firing up the iron genny and ghosting along in splendid silence... It could also be worth a day's time over a longer ocean passage.

Sailing in heavy wind is far easier, in some ways... than light air, which requires far more knowledge of tweaking the boat to get her to perform.
03-22-2007 05:29 AM
tenuki I would second the idea of doing it separately, but obviously only you know your situation. My wife and I get along best if there isn't any 'teaching' going on in either direction... hehehe.

I took my US Sailing keelboat classes with a nice family, husband, wife and a teenage kid, and I can tell you that the wife learned less than she could have until the second half of classes where the new instructor stepped up and pushed her a bit and told the husband to shut up, sit down 'cause right now the wife was the captain. LOL. The son just kept quiet and learned in the background of all the hubub. Overall it was fun, but as an outside observer I think the wife would have definately learned more on her own.

Besides, doing it on her own is more realistic preparation for being the captain. You both need to be capable of stepping into that role and the more practice you get independent of the other the better IMHO.
03-07-2007 10:23 PM
ffsmo I havent checked stockton. Just got back from the sac boat show and there was 2 clubs there, one on folsom and the other in west sac at the port. Got some literature to read up on them. Also saw a macgregor 26 powersail boat. Thing had a 50 hp outboard on it. Salesman said you could pull waterskiers behind it. Not at all what I had in mind but my 4 yr old son loved it.
03-07-2007 03:20 PM
goose327 Heck we're almost neighbors,,LOL. Have you checked around Stockton for schools? I know they have a yacht club.
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