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03-23-2013 10:50 AM
macwester26
Re: Don't need no lessons..just go..

I Have always had boats in some form or another since the early 1970s
But never owned or had ever been in a sailing dinghy or yacht until some 6 years ago when we bought a fixer upper.
http://sonar.x90x.net/windward.ogg and http://sonar.x90x.net/launch.ogg


I had a new fast fishing boat so there was no rush to do a yacht. I did have a bit of know how and what was for waht in Yacht rigging as I worked for a company when leaving school making yacht and boat rigging items.

Well Our first yacht ever was completed and launched.
It sat in the Marina for a few weeks as we started the engine and went for a slow motor around the marina.

One summers evening we were sat on the tiny bit of decking we had and another yacht was just about to leave the marina to go to sea.

Within a flash we were right behind them going out of the marina through the basin lock and out to sea.
We motored around a bit then Hauled up the main sail.
Lurched to one side and away we went.

We have never looked back and gained all our little know how from that day.
Four yachts later and were back again to another refurb yacht and Just can't wait to be out there sailing again.

We have I must say had a few scary moments as we went from level to 40 degrees and now can't get enough of it.

Robert
03-23-2013 08:50 AM
campuscab
Lessons

I joined a sail club. There are a ton of members that need a hand and love to talk. I go out when I can and will take anyone out that sails on mine. There are 70 year old ladies that will smoke the young kids on the water. (I think their glasses give them xray vision for the wind.) I learn something every time we meet and it is all free. The club was 25 without a boat 75 with. I also read everything I can. I think the important thing is never stop learning
01-23-2013 08:56 PM
splastiko
Re: Don't need no lessons..just go..

Add me to the list of people who think this is a great thread!

I grew up around boats my whole life. My father is a ship pilot, and avid fisherman. I have been at the helm of powerboats since I was a young child. I've also been a deckhand on harbor tugs. I absolutely love being out on the water. I have always been intrigued with sailing since a young age, and now at the ripe old age of 26 I finally got myself a boat.

I haven't taken any classes, but I have started reading books, forums, and any other information regarding sailing. I finally joined our local club, and met some good folks. I ended up with a 1965 Flying Scot. I was able to meet someone with a lot of sailing history (current liveaboard and also a avid scot racer). Crewing and racing with him has taught me more than anything else. I have also learned the major differences in the Scot and being at the helm of his 43 footer!!

I'm young, naive, and inexperienced when it comes to sailing... But I'm learning and man, life is good when you're out on the water.
01-23-2013 03:48 PM
Navigator Wannabe
Re: Don't need no lessons..just go..

.... well, I have heard that aa3jy used to lick the frosting off donuts in the coffee kitchen at work, and then put them back on the tray, when no one would see it.
Eek.

There's no proof for this, not even a reference where he allegedly worked, but I thought I'd just put it out here.

Disgusting, isn't it??

Quote:
Originally Posted by aa3jy View Post
..that's the philosophy of this couple..

The INTERVIEW WITH A CRUISER Project: 10 Questions for Bumfuzzle

..I've heard that certain cruising associations have had differing opinions to the point that they have been banned on blogs/forums..
01-23-2013 02:50 PM
Thunderchild
Re: Don't need no lessons..just go..

This has been a great thread!! You have given me the inspiration to just find my boat and get out there. I have sailed in the past on friends boats but now I want one of my own. I was the one in the mindset that I had to wait and save up for that 45 foot sail yacht I really wanted. Now, I am going to check out some really reasonable 30 footers I have been finding almost everywhere around the Chesapeake. Thanks for all the inspiration!!!!
01-13-2013 12:00 AM
JamesClarke1128
Re: Don't need no lessons..just go..

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Originally Posted by kd3pc View Post
if you can read a book, have some common sense, and such...because some of the "sailing lessons" are all but useless, and quite expensive all things considered. I have ASA 101, 103 and another one, I forget..some hands on, a few minutes practice and I have the card....of course 25 years of messing around on boats helped some...but many still get the card. It is not a requirement, yet, to go sailing.

I agree with them, just go...one does not need mega buck boats, with all the latest electronics and such to sail.

I would think many sailing associations would not them around, as their process is contrary to the goals of these same associations.

I have not met the bumfuzzles, but would enjoy talking with them at some point. More power to them.
I am not an experienced sailor, just by the same classes as you (less the time on a sailboat), but I can not think of a more dangerous situation. I, however, would not trust an individual with no firearm experience to go hunting with me (or the same land). Just my opinion
12-28-2012 05:00 PM
luck66
Re: Don't need no lessons..just go..

Even after taking sailing lessons years ago I still learn new sailing stuff. I learn when I go out with other experienced sailors, and have an opportunity to reenforce what I know when I sail with crew that has little sailing knowledge. I thing the point is, just go sailing when you can, and read and talk about sailing when you can't.
12-28-2012 04:28 PM
rockDAWG
Re: Don't need no lessons..just go..

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Originally Posted by SVTatia View Post
Its hard to believe that they could be banned for being honest. Itís their opinion and its clear they are travelers, not sailors.
Rather than embracing their sailing experience, they feel that their existence and value are being challenged. It is pretty much the mentality of many members on Sailnet here.

Narrow minded individuals will never go far in their career or personal life. I pays to listen, evaluate, adapt and invent.
12-28-2012 11:55 AM
dive7mmwet
Re: Don't need no lessons..just go..

My thoughts are as in any sport or group you have the ones that were just god gifted greats! this skill set passed thru proper breeding and osmosis, genes ect,,, nothing to do that one day all of us had to start and learn! This group with in the sailing community is the same group that wish's they could of would of but now are too old, too broke, or just to darned scared to cast off due to they may make a mistake in front of their peers! And C-cards to sail my god what's next some sail training machine as big as PADI they way the world learns to dive ON LINE!
I read the kid's blog Not my cup of tea but they did get to see some parts of the world most never do, My favorite was the Bahamas my choice because they are so close and yet so far away! And the Islanders are the best!
I hope to re sail too soon!
12-28-2012 11:26 AM
deltaten
Re: Don't need no lessons..just go..

Yeah, Terral.... that's what I should have done, too. Howzat go? "Go small...Go NOW!"
I spent years longing, planning, wishing and hoping instead of sailing. I went from denial to thinking I could take a few classes for what a boat costs and get it out of my system. Rather than dope around anymore, I spent my last bit of 'wait' time researching and coming up with "The Plan". Life changes, plans become snarled; but I stayed the course and ended up here.
Either way it works out, I *still* end up with THE boat and time to sail.
Nuthin' wrong with that!
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