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12-24-2009 10:34 AM
Lostmt Like another poster posted you can learn to sail in 20 minutes an the rest of your life gaining experience. Each time you go out you learn something new.

We had never been on a boat before we purchased ours. I was 63 then. We splashed her in July 08 with a friend on board. I backed out of the slip in Port O'Connor. Our friend raised the sails handed the wife the tiller and I killed the motor. She sailed out the ICW and half way to Port Lavaca. I finished the rest of the trip. So if a lifetime cowboy can learn to sail anyone can.

Don't get a big boat that takes a crew to handle. We have a 22'er that we are learning on. We also plan on taking her to Fla come spring. Nope not offshore but the ICW.

Make sure you have a reliable motor. Mines not and I hate it. Going to get a new 4 stroke before we head out.
12-24-2009 08:36 AM
Garffin I agree with superpickle Just go for it. Dont hit another boat and stay onboard! Rule 1 have fun.
12-21-2009 03:29 PM
Superpickle Seriously, a Nuttless Monkey could do it..



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12-13-2009 07:22 PM
mitiempo Being prepared and thinking ahead to possible problems is part of it. So is having a reliable engine. Having a hank on jib with a downhaul helps too.
12-13-2009 05:54 PM
redhead78
re sailing

You are correct sailing itself is doable with a little caution, common sense,a nice breezy day, there is nothing better. Like everything , however there is a catch, when the furling genoa is stuck up, in comes a blow,lose an engine in the east river, or a tricky inlet, get suprised by big quick weather, here is where it gets really fun. Most of these situations you have done in calmer times so try to stay cool, and follow your instincts. It can be very challenging, and rewarding I think thats why we love it so much. Happy,safe sailing....Red
12-13-2009 06:53 AM
mitiempo 20 minutes to get the basics down, and a lifetime of learning to improve.
12-13-2009 12:37 AM
CalebD
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Originally Posted by tager View Post
Any idiot can sail...
Learning to sail on a small boat like a Sunfish or Laser will give you the idea of what it is all about. Then move up in size and learn the various terms that are sailing specific.
A bigger boat just acts slower unless it is a racing dinghy or small racing hull boat.
It is pretty easy but not any idiot can do it.
12-12-2009 11:41 PM
Tempest Sometimes the best way to learn is to just go out and make your mistakes and figure it out.

Having said that, just exercise some common sense, pick a good weather day...know the rules of the road...
12-12-2009 11:32 PM
tager Any idiot can sail, but nobody can sail perfectly. That is the beauty of the sport. There is infinite difficulty if you seek it. You could trim sail all day, and you would go faster, but that doesn't mean someone with beat up sails and loose halyards won't get there too.
12-12-2009 10:13 PM
inthesprings Easy enough to do, hard to master. I took some lessons on snarks and minifish one summer when I was a kid then had a long hiatus until two years ago when my wife and I bought a C&C 24 and went for it. I read the KISS book on sailing to bone up and we were sailing. I bet you'll be fine just going on and enjoying it, but you'll end up wanting to take out an experienced person to tell you what everything is for. There's certainly a lot of jargon, but everythings got a name and it would get confusing if you just called them all "thingys". If your pensive, just start with the main but go for it!
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