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09-10-2012 01:13 PM
Re: New and with a lot of questions

well, that was my point, once you are out there, you are at the mercy of the elements, regardless of which ocean.. and experienced sailors would have the means of dealing with it, as opposed to someone just fresh from a weeks sailing course Gotto start somewhere though ..
09-10-2012 01:09 PM
Re: New and with a lot of questions

I think you'd have to define "ocean cruising". I've only once been on a lake. We sail only the Atlantic. The differences would be weather/wind/waver reports, proximity to safety and experience. I wouldn't bat an eye at sailing out of the bay on a nice summer day with favorable reports. But, if there's a squall line coming, rising seas, increasing winds, white caps, small craft advisory, I'd stay at home. Heck . . . rain??? Count me out!

The folks cited; new crew, home built boat, raging storm winter storm? They had no business being where they were. Experienced crew, proven boat, plying their trade and get caught with their shorts down . . . different story!
09-10-2012 12:46 PM
Re: New and with a lot of questions

well, a course is a good start, but ocean cruising is something you don't do just after a weeks course, it's something that one transitions into after years of experience and being completely satisfied with the safety and integrity of you, your crew and your boat. Anything less than that is pure folly ....a good example of this is the book Days of Deja vu, where a horrifying experience for the new crew in a terrible storm off South Africa and where they had to be rescued by the coast guard and had to abandon the home built boat out at sea during this wicked winter storm...
09-10-2012 12:39 PM
Re: New and with a lot of questions


'A bit of learning to do'?? I've got news for you. I took the 1 week Basic Cruising course in July. It was quite overpowering. Like learning a new language. But it is a lot of fun. You will find a lot of information on here, and taking a course is a must. Now that I have done it, I can see that practice, practice, practice is necessary in order to become a sailor.

Good luck!!
09-05-2012 01:30 PM
Re: New and with a lot of questions

or join a sailing club and offer your services for crewing....
09-05-2012 01:23 PM
Re: New and with a lot of questions


Get a large trailerable for a few thousand and get out there. Take a course, read some books and get sailing. Then . . . you'll find out weather or knot (misspelling intended) you're a sailor. You'll make some mistakes, loose some paint, loose your lunch, break out your brown trousers and get rained on. At the end of the day, if you still enjoy pealing off a $100 bill and tossing it in the water, then you're a sailor. Then . . . you step up and buy a 35 footer, a slip and good insurance.

D. S.

Biddeford, ME
09-05-2012 12:31 PM
Re: New and with a lot of questions

all I know is that if we want it bad enough we can make a plan....I was determined and built a boat to suit my needs, you could convert an existing boat to accommodate your height to some degree. see my book on the subject, it describes an easy method to build a boat, or at least it will prove to you that ANYONE can achieve their life's dreams. If however this is just a fad or an idea perhaps you might want to reflect deep within.....
09-04-2012 08:06 AM
Re: New and with a lot of questions

Originally Posted by DeeEss View Post
It makes sense to me now. Not that I've ever docked before, but I can't see how it would be dealt with while dragging something behind you.
Many people tow dinghies and dock and get into slips just fine. When entering a slip stern first you just have to have someone keep the tow line away from the prop and the dinghy alongside the boat (and make sure your slip has enough room for both).

As has been mentioned, if your plan was to tow your belongs behind you, you either need a larger boat or less stuff. You'll figure it out. Figuring stuff out is part of the fun of sailing.

Besides courses and reading, you can find just about every "how to" subject on Youtube as well.
09-04-2012 02:19 AM
Re: New and with a lot of questions

Take a sailing course or join a sailing club. Standing head room really depends on how much Time you spend on the boat if you are living aboard yes you will want standing head room if you are day sailing then its really a non issue. As far as the "trailer" goes I think it could get very dangerous in bad weather. A average 35 will carry enough supplies for 2 people to last well over 2 weeks. So how much stuff do you really need?
09-01-2012 01:17 PM
Re: New and with a lot of questions

I can relate, I was once in your shoes a life time ago it seems, although I was never 6'4"!! I was young and impetuous and had this DREAM!!! And I was determined to acquire a yacht and sail around the world. I ended up doing just that, and I am happy to answer any questions you might like to ask. I will say that I wrote a book after all was said and done and it included all my thoughts on WHY I wanted to do this, and how I decided to build my boat and how to learn to sail her and navigate her etc. The book is an ebook on amazon and it's called days of deja vu by jonathan reid (me) this may sound like a shameless plug, but it is my story from beginning to end with photos and glossary for nautical terms and lots of fun reading...

BTW the idea of towing something behind you smacks of having a boat not big enough..... The idea of cruising is to GET AWAY from the clutter in our lives, not to drag it behind us I always cruised with 40% more water and food and fuel between points of departure and arrival, you surely don't need a container for that. Besides there are dangerous conditions out there at times when you will absolutely regret having anything tethered to your stern......
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