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08-30-2008 09:06 PM
baldguy1975
also getting ready to learn..

I am new here! I am in washington and just got a 26' Clipper. I am wanting to learn to sail so that I can take the family out on Puget Sound. I have always thought that sail boats are beautiful! I grew up in maine on the coast, and have been on lobster boats and various trawlers. So now time to learn something new!
08-29-2008 08:14 PM
Ziaduck KB7EWA, I sent you a PM with some information and my phone number.

I've been checking the classifieds regularly as far north as Denver. I don't need to buy right a way, so I'm taking my time.
08-29-2008 08:07 PM
KB7EWA One thing you may want to keep an eye out for is the offerings up here a little farther north in Colorado. Earlier this year there were quite a few sailboat for sale on Blue Mesa and on Ridgeway reservoirs. I check the Grand Junction paper regularly as well. Where did you find a course out here? I would love to get my hands on one without having to drive too far.
08-29-2008 06:29 PM
Ziaduck
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Originally Posted by KB7EWA View Post
You sound a lot like me. If you are close to Durango there is a decently priced 22' Catalina there on craigslist.
I've looked at that boat at least 4 times and spoken with the seller. In fact, I started a thread about it. You can find it here:

http://www.sailnet.com/forums/buying...lina-22-a.html
08-29-2008 06:21 PM
KB7EWA You sound a lot like me. If you are close to Durango there is a decently priced 22' Catalina there on craigslist.
08-22-2008 04:56 PM
Ziaduck
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Originally Posted by RAGTIMEDON View Post
A bareboat charter is a wonderful way to take a vacation, and if you hang out at the docks and join any groups available, you will eventually find a competent sailor who will do a charter vacation with you.
It just so happens that my instructor for the ASA 101 has his captain's license and has spent quite a bit of time in the Keys (and many other places.) He let the class know that if we ever wanted to charter a boat, all we had to do was pay his way. Sounds like a good deal to me! Plus, he is a heck of a nice guy!
08-22-2008 02:13 PM
RAGTIMEDON Ziaduck -- You are very fortunate to have a great resource like Sailnet, and another like the ASA. When I learned to sail no one on Sailnet told me to take an ASA certified sailing class - they hadn't invented the internet and I don't think there was an ASA! I am living proof that you can teach yourself to sail, but it probably took me 30 years to get as far into it as you are already! Good moves - buying the book and taking the class! A bareboat charter is a wonderful way to take a vacation, and if you hang out at the docks and join any groups available, you will eventually find a competent sailor who will do a charter vacation with you. I consider myself a reasonably competent sailor, but would probably be better at it if I had gotten the jump start you have. Welcome to our wet wonderful world!
08-22-2008 01:13 PM
Ziaduck Sorry I haven't checked into this thread in a while.

I took the ASA 101 (basic keelboating) last weekend and had a fantastic time! We actually went out the day before the class with the instructor for a "free" afternoon of sailing. Because of the extra time, we went way beyond the regular class, and worked our way into Coastal Cruising. We sailed a Cal 27 and everyone in the class scored over 90% on the written test.

I feel much better equipped now. We were able to sail in 20+mph winds with whitecaps and rain thrown in for fun. Everyone picked up quickly enough that the instructor had us all sail single-handed in the high winds to build confidence.

I'll continue to sail my dinghy for the rest of the season, with plans of picking up a larger trailer-sailor over the winter (hopefully prices witll drop with the temperature. )

Thanks again for all of the advice! Sailnet has been a huge resource for me.
08-20-2008 11:22 AM
Coldwater I am brand new here, and pretty much new, or renewed, to sailing. I was glad to find this post. I live in Western Colorado with one 25 mile long, but narrow lake nearby. I spent a couple of summers as a kid fooling around on a 12' homebuilt dingy sailor of some sort. I learned some basics there and had a ball, but that was 35 years ago. I then spent a number of years flying hanggliders and learning a lot about wings and airflow, as well as weather. About 10 years ago someone gave us a couple of sailboards which again whetted my appetite for sailing and taught me some things about rake etc.

Then, 3 weeks ago, a friend took me out on his Cal20, my first time on a "real" sailboat. I was hooked. I thought I might try to sell some gear and find a boat next year (we have a long winter here). But last week up popped an International Tempest in my region for next to nothing. It needs some work, but overall is in good shape. I'm going to get it tomorrow.

Ziaduck, I have lived in Albuquerque, and understand where you are with no real resources. I am in somewhat the same boat, so to speak, but do have a few people around that sail, and more accessible water. I consider myself to know little or nothing about a bigger boat with a keel, and running multiple sails. Given the unique challenges that lakes surrounded by mountains present, I know I am in for some interesting moments. I have spent a lot of time on our local waters in sea kayaks and the windsurfers. Things can change very rapidly! I am looking forward to reading here, buying the suggested books, picking the brain of every poor victim I can find at the lake, and teaching myself a new skill. I appreciate the patience of everyone for those of us that have no ocean, no sailing culture to tap into, and little knowledge, but much enthusiasm. No doubt I will be asking many dumb questions.

Sorry for going so long. Thanks.
08-20-2008 09:12 AM
imagine2frolic Good for you signing up for lessons. The basic lesson will head you in the right direction. As posted it is a bad thing to start out with bad habits, and not even know it. BEST WISHES in your lessons, and don't be shy take more lessons.

I was in your shoes at one time. I knew no one with a boat, but had the deepest desire to sail. The lessons put me in the right direction, and I haven't stopped learning yet. 10k ocean miles, 2 boats, weekend sails for over a decade on S.F. Bay, and loving every minute. Once again BEST WISHES in moving forward!
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