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06-30-2010 07:51 AM
deniseO30 Bet you will be looking for a larger boat within a year! congrats on your first sail! Do you need to take lessons? I dunno... some people think you just have to. I do want to take a coastal course myself but inland.. Eh, I've been at it 8 yrs or so now.
You can find out more about rigging if you go to and look up the free online book " how to rig small boats "
06-30-2010 01:07 AM
JonnyQuest Great accounting. I'm new to sailing too and this inspires me to just get out there and give it a try. Exploding oil wells seem to be hampering our efforts right now though.
06-07-2010 08:41 PM
Originally Posted by wind_magic View Post
Sounds like you had a lot of fun!

Don't forget to take a little bucket that floats.
A bucket would come in handy. The boat is self bailing so once we took on a little water, we just pulled the plug and it drained pretty quick. But, I definitely will be adding that to the checklist for future outings.
06-07-2010 08:39 PM
Originally Posted by sharps4590 View Post
Congrats BC!! I'm enthused for you and your wife!!!!... the book Sailingdog always recommends, "The Complete Sailor" by Seidman
Thanks Vic for the kind words and encouragement. I purchased this book the first day back and have been reading in. There is loads of good information there. Congratulations on your journey as well.

I may have to seriously rethink leaving the boat at the cottage for next year. The hour or so my wife and I were on the water was fun. I might have to get a trailer just we can go on the weekends and weeknights...between graduation open houses and weddings we are booked solid for a couple more weeks. Looking forward to getting back up and trying some things.

06-05-2010 06:50 AM
wind_magic Sounds like you had a lot of fun!

Don't forget to take a little bucket that floats.
06-05-2010 06:39 AM
sharps4590 Congrats BC!! I'm enthused for you and your wife!!!! I bet you two will always remember your first sail. It's a hoot, ain't it!!! I'm exactly one sail ahead of you. We're going out again today for sail #3.

While probably nothing can take the place of lessons and experience I've learned about everything I know from this board, another board and the book Sailingdog always recommends, "The Complete Sailor" by Seidman and "The Annapolis Book of Seamanship". Both great books and I studied them for 3 months before it was warm enough here to sail. I haven't had any problems so far, have learned a great deal but I'm pretty chicken in how much wind I'll go out in for now. I wish I had the opportunity to take lessons and am glad to hear you are. Good luck!!!!

06-02-2010 01:17 PM
BC100700 Thanks Eric.

My wife did mention a lesson and we both agreed that it would be a good idea. In a trip around the lake on I noticed a couple of similar sailboats and figure I will stop by and ask them if I could go out with them. What the heck the worst they could say is no.

06-02-2010 10:14 AM
ericread This is soooo cool. It's fun to read about someone that's starting out. I also started sailing in dingeys as an adult. They are great fun to sail, and you will learn more aout sailing starting out that way as they also are a bit less forgiving.

I heartily agree with the post about learning how to dump the boat and get her back up. In the children's US Sailing class in Newport Beach (CA), they wait until the later classes to teach this to the junior sailors. Seems that it becomes more fun for the jumior campers to capsze, get wet and right the boat than to actually sail. The upside is that once the kids performed this maneuver a few times, they lose all fear of a capsize, and sailing became a lot more fun.

I have gone through US Sailing classes and ASA classes, and they all are really good in learning the fundamentals.

Have fun, and keep posting.

Eric Read
06-02-2010 07:45 AM
BC100700 Thanks for the encouragement. I am actually planning on taking some lessons. My coworker has been sailing for many years and belongs to the local YC so I am planning on taking a lesson through his connections.

I figured out the rigging based on the internet. There is a lot of info on O'day Javelins so with thought and a few good web sites and tapping into the memories of sailing when I was a kid we managed.

Again, thanks for the info and encouragement in this journey.

06-01-2010 05:22 PM
k1vsk Good advice to take a few lessons, particularly if you intend to bring kids. One of the first things you should learn is how to dump the boat (tip over), how to get her back up and how to move as she is going over. You don't want the first time doing this to be in panic mode.
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