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09-28-2012 09:26 AM
nmejicano
Re: Retired and need to know the ropes (or lines??) :)

Diane, don't give up and discount the cats for their high price. Yes, if you are looking at a Fountaine Pajot, a Leopard yes, they are double the price of a mono hull. I just bought a used Gemini. They are made in America by and designed by British, Tony Smith. They are affordable and have everything you need for a pleasure sail or an extended cruise. It sleeps 8 comfortably, has a nice, wide and lighted saloon that sits 8 around a folding table, a galley with propane stove, a front loader fridge (try that in a mono hull), a 27 hp diesel, three sails including a spinnaker, shallow draft (depth) of only 18 inches, which means you can take it just about anywhere including your closest beach and try that in a mono hull that draws from 4 to 6 feet of water!
So take your time, compare, be safe and have fun. By the way, I am in the Fort Lauderdale, Miami, keys, Bahamas area.
09-27-2012 05:29 PM
dsullyec1
Re: Retired and need to know the ropes (or lines??) :)

Hi,

Thanks for your suggestions, very much appreciated. I saw some of those sea sickness patches on people's heads when we took our last cruise. Thanks for the idea. I didn't know the name of them, so that helps.

And for the Cat...yes, we had been looking for one, because I think I'd prefer it over a mono hull, but for the most part, we just can't afford a cat. I imagine I'll get used to it given time and adjusting.

Where are you located? Sounds like you have a good business giving tours. Must be fun meeting new people all the time.

Thanks again for your input.

Diane
09-27-2012 01:23 PM
nmejicano
Re: Retired and need to know the ropes (or lines??) :)

Hi Diane, I am glad you are getting into sailing and hope you will enjoy it and make it a lifestyle. I have a couple of suggestions. If you could find a catamaran for your first sail it would help. Cats do not rock and roll like most mono hulls, they are for the most part a one floor boat you do not have a steep ladder to go below, very few people get seasick on a cat. Dramamine takes some time to work. I run a tour company and have found that if you are prone to Mal de mer (sea sickness) and plan an extended trip, the best solution is to ask your doc for a prescription for Transdermal-scop patches. The go behind your ear and last up to 3 days. With time you may not need them. Have a great time.[/QUOTE]


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09-27-2012 01:11 PM
nmejicano
Re: Retired and need to know the ropes (or lines??) :)

Hi Diane, I am glad you are getting into sailing and hope you will enjoy it and make it a lifestyle. I have a couple of suggestions. If you could find a catamaran for your first sail it would help. Cats do not rock and roll like most mono hulls, they are for the most part a one floor boat you do not have a steep ladder to go below, very few people get seasick on a cat. Dramamine takes some time to work. I run a tour company and have found that if you are prone to Mal de mer (sea sickness) and plan an extended trip, the best solution is to ask your doc for a prescription for Transdermal-scop patches. The go behind your ear and last up to 3 days. With time you may not need them. Have a great time.
09-27-2012 11:50 AM
dsullyec1
Re: Retired and need to know the ropes (or lines??) :)

Hi James,
I'm going on a 1/2 day cruise this weekend and will hopefully find out how much I need dramamine. I won't take it, so that way I can find out if I will have to take it. I seem to be ok when I'm above board, just don't know how I'll do below. Will keep you posted. Thanks for the tip!
09-27-2012 11:45 AM
dsullyec1
Re: Retired and need to know the ropes (or lines??) :)

Hi again, Don,

Well, I sent you a reply about our kids and grandkids from my hubby's computer so it was sent to you in his name, which I bet was somewhat confusing for you. I just wanted to clarify that so you'd understand that it was from me. Glad to hear it's easy to sleep on a boat, too. I had no idea. The only "boat" I've ever slept on was a cruise ship, and you can hardly tell you're on the water. But I slept like a baby on it, so hopefully I'll have the same experience on a sailboat.
09-27-2012 11:31 AM
PAULCR1
Re: Retired and need to know the ropes (or lines??) :)

Hi Don,

We do have kids and grandkids, but they won't be joining us. They all live inland and are very busy with their lives. However, when we do get "settled" on a boat and fix it up as home, we will certainly invite them all to come aboard, even if only for a day visit. I don't think they have the bug like we do.
09-27-2012 07:44 AM
jameswilson29
Re: Retired and need to know the ropes (or lines??) :)

Buy Dramamine and take 30 minutes before leaving the dock. Stay above decks and focus on the horizon. Steer if they will allow you to.
09-27-2012 07:08 AM
DonScribner
Re: Retired and need to know the ropes (or lines??) :)

We sleep like babies! Whether it's while cruising and taking a nap on the couch or the cockpit, or nestled in a harbor at anchor or mooring, we sleep like logs! Happy logs. Once the wind kept me up. It was about 20 knots sustained with gusts to 25 knots. I had 2 anchors out but I still didn't sleep well. Other than that, the rocking is everything I remember.

Do you have kids or grand kids to join you?
09-26-2012 11:40 PM
dsullyec1
Re: Retired and need to know the ropes (or lines??) :)

Thanks, Don, for your tips on bow to stay stable by looking at the horizon, holding on, using ginger root for the upset tummy, and the Merlot (which I already have a good handle on).

Your wife must appreciate you fixing the lunches and doing the below work. How is it sleeping on board? Does that disorient you, too?

Diane
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