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05-08-2013 08:55 PM
flandria
Re: Hi! Bought a sailboat without knowing how to sail..

I would like to endorse the recommendation to enrolled in a Power Squadron and Sail course. Invaluable in so many ways!
04-28-2013 11:30 PM
Racecase
Re: Hi! Bought a sailboat without knowing how to sail..

So I added an album with some pictures. So far I've done a ton of cleaning and some repairs/maintenance, but she is shaping up to be a nice looking boat in my opinion. In July ill be headed down to the keys from West Palm Beach through the ICW and maybe a little offshore cruising. Until then im going on day sails with some much more experienced sailors and doing as much reading as I can. Ill think ill be ready in three months.
SailNet Community - Racecase's Album: Ti'Punch
02-26-2013 09:10 AM
jimgo
Re: Hi! Bought a sailboat without knowing how to sail..

Welcome aboard! I've heard very good things about the Watkins - hopefully she'll serve you well!
02-25-2013 06:54 PM
Racecase
Re: Hi! Bought a sailboat without knowing how to sail..

Im actually reading that book right now and im about half way though. I think its pretty informative and its got some good humor, id definitely suggest it too. I actually had my first sail last Saturday!! Everything went great and we practiced all the sailing maneuvers. Now all I need is more practice. Also, Ill be moving aboard in a month, but thats a story for another thead.
02-22-2013 09:19 AM
Tranquilo
Re: Hi! Bought a sailboat without knowing how to sail..

May I suggest you read the book Sail of Two Idiots by Renee Petrillio. We stumbled on it at the Toronto boat show, and it was the first book I've ever read cover to cover. Some may question its important, due to thier lack of experience. I say it's a real life, and very informative tale of learning to sail, and survive living the dream!
02-20-2013 02:15 AM
SirRedemption
Re: Hi! Bought a sailboat without knowing how to sail..

Congrats. Sounds like your steaming right along. If your the type that truely enjoys tinkering like I do then the projects are a good portion of the fun!
02-19-2013 11:47 PM
wayne56
Re: Hi! Bought a sailboat without knowing how to sail..

Dont know the boat, but agree it sounds like a perfect size for a first pocket cruiser.

Agree with other members comment....the "goal of making her pristine has taken down more than one sailor"! My own minimum boat ratio of sailing versus working is 70/30. Projects always take 3 times as long and cost twice as much as expected.....
02-19-2013 09:02 PM
Minnewaska
Re: Hi! Bought a sailboat without knowing how to sail..

Your mainsail will work on exactly the same principal as the Sunfish you've sailed in the past.

If you're rusty, I would high encourage some training with your available boat bucks. The two major benefits are avoiding self-taught bad/dangerous habits and more likely to be comfortable to go sailing more.
02-19-2013 07:48 PM
Racecase
Re: Hi! Bought a sailboat without knowing how to sail..

Thanks for all the advice! A little update...
I took the head completely apart, got the "master" rebuild kit for a groco head, and replaced everything. It was a pretty nasty job but it went alright. Now I have a head that works perfectly! The outboard didnt work when I got her but I rebuilt the carburetor, put in fresh plugs and new fuel and it started right up. Motored around for about 2-3 hours and the engine didnt even hickup. I pulled out all the electronics. Battery, fuse & switch box, and everything in between. It was a hackjob someone did and nothing worked. So the rest of the week ill be rewiring everything. Im also stripping and refinishing all the outside teak. Next week is rebedding all deck hardware. Fun! I actually tried sailing too, I put up the mainsail in 10knot winds but couldnt get her to go anywhere.... haha. So the sailing part still needs some work. But im still having an awesome time!
02-19-2013 07:05 PM
Boatsmith
Re: Hi! Bought a sailboat without knowing how to sail..

I am in the same neck of the woods as you are Racecase. Welcome
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