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12-14-2012 01:36 PM
Re: Reassurance and your thoughts?

withdrawing comment....
12-14-2012 11:37 AM
Re: Reassurance and your thoughts?

Kalina, you certainly can DIY and no matter how you learn, books and videos can help shorten the learning curve and broaden your knowledge. Having the PO take you out for some trips certainly should give you the basics.

Personally I'd still recommend a sailing school and some basic lessons, which tend to put things in perspective and should you the conventional ways of doing things. Sometimes just learning from "a guy" you will learn something that works for him, but is either wrong, or not the way everyone else will expect it to be done, and then you've got to unlearn it to get it right.

Besides, sailing school will put you in touch with other local sailors and should give you a good start on local contacts as well. Necessary? No, no more than a school "drivers education" program. But how many of us are self-taught at simply driving a car, either?
12-14-2012 08:30 AM
Re: Reassurance and your thoughts?

Originally Posted by MarkofSeaLife View Post
Sailing is not difficult. The Vikings could do it. Even the Americans were able to win the Americas Cup a few times.
Just get out there and give it a go and try to find the enjoyment, not the bad bits.

Off topic, I just have to say I always get a real kick out of your humor. I look forward to your posts.
12-13-2012 09:25 PM
Re: Reassurance and your thoughts?

Go for it... after all you have to start somewhere... The advice on max. 10 Kts of wind is good... Honestly, your biggest problem will probably docking at the end of the day. Docking will be scarier than anything, especially with a crosswind. If you can make a buddy at the marina, maybe offer him/her an invite for a sail with you to orient you to navigating the local area. All the lines and ropes can be intimidating at first but its really pretty simple. You have a lot of control of the boat by manipulating the angle of the mainsail relative to the centerline of the boat. Get a bock with lots of pictures of the assorted sail controls. Have some fun and don't listen to any negativity.
Keep a log book and document any observations or problems, It will be fun to read later on when you are an expert mariner (I myself am not !)
12-13-2012 09:01 PM
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"enjoy the experience and learn slowly about our boat and the techniques req'"
.... this is what it is all about. Go for it! For those of us who did not grow up sailing, this is what we all end up doing. If you are reasonably intelligent, read everything you can about sailling, including on this forum, and take it slowly you can and will do this.
Chuckles and others have it right... safety is number one, make sure all crew members are having fun, start out on pleasant, sunny, light wind days and go from there.
We bought our 1980 Seafarer 30 in 2006. Total newbies. Read a lot. Took a 3 day course on our own boat, with a woman instructor, which was invaluable. She taught us basic maintenance, safety, how to anchor and dock, etc. ON OUR BOAT, just the two of us. That was the beginning.
In 2009, we sold that boat and bought our current Caliber 35 LRC... by then, we knew what we wanted in a boat, what we valued and what didn't matter to us.
We have both taken ASA courses, and done bareboat chartering in several places in the Caribbean. This adds to your knowledge base and confidence. Sailing different boats, and navigating in unknown waters are learning opportunities.
Go out and sail every chance you get. You will make mistakes and go through "scary" times, but the feeling of accomplishment when you "figure it out" is half the fun. Err on the side of being overly cautious, at least at first.
We wish you fair winds, and many wonderful days of sailing!
12-13-2012 07:49 PM
Re: Reassurance and your thoughts?

You'll enjoy it, the basics are not difficult but there's always something new to learn. Moving a sailboat is going to engage you in a way a power boat just can't compete with.
12-13-2012 05:04 AM
Re: Reassurance and your thoughts?

As easy as operating an outboard motor, only different! Even the Aussies can do it. Jump right in!

12-13-2012 04:32 AM
Re: Reassurance and your thoughts?

Thanks for your thoughts and reassurances. This needs to be a big decision, for ourselves and others. I have been boating (motor) for years when I was an avid fisherman, so I know how to respect the water.
Sailing is so different and more to's nice to challenge ourselves! I don't think I'll learn well in a classroom setting and have always preferred learning hands on. The present owner is going to help me learn the basics as we need to sail the boat in the spring from Oakville to Port Dalhousie.
This forum and the people are amazing, so many advantages to the past.
Thanks again!
12-12-2012 03:05 PM
Re: Reassurance and your thoughts?

My wife and I took a 2-day course and then realized that we needed a boat to practice on or our lessons would rapidly fade. We bought a 28-ft boat and learned the rest on the job and from books. My wife likes course learning, so she took another 2-day course but found it of little value as she only got a little time at the helm. I prefer reading books and sites like this and then applying what I think I've learned. One thing we both benefitted from was having an experienced sailor go out with us on our boat a couple of times.
12-12-2012 02:44 PM
Re: Reassurance and your thoughts?

You'll be fine! Lake Ontario is fairly predictable. Get some wind and weather apps for your phone and keep an eye on them when you are planning to go out.

You're at the West end of the lake, so the prevailing West winds will have little waves. Easterly winds on the other have the whole 100 miles of the lake to build up waves from. Not a big deal once you get some experience though.

Since you own the boat you are learning on, I think the best idea would be to hire an instructor to give you a few on-boat lessons. Should be some near you.

You'll need a VHF license as well.

After a while, you'll have enough confidence to do a lake crossing to Toronto. 4-5 hours under sail. And then you can enjoy the stress of docking at new to you marina
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