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post #11 of 16 Old 12-13-2009
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20 minutes to get the basics down, and a lifetime of learning to improve.

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re sailing

You are correct sailing itself is doable with a little caution, common sense,a nice breezy day, there is nothing better. Like everything , however there is a catch, when the furling genoa is stuck up, in comes a blow,lose an engine in the east river, or a tricky inlet, get suprised by big quick weather, here is where it gets really fun. Most of these situations you have done in calmer times so try to stay cool, and follow your instincts. It can be very challenging, and rewarding I think thats why we love it so much. Happy,safe sailing....Red

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Being prepared and thinking ahead to possible problems is part of it. So is having a reliable engine. Having a hank on jib with a downhaul helps too.

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Seriously, a Nuttless Monkey could do it..



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I agree with superpickle Just go for it. Dont hit another boat and stay onboard! Rule 1 have fun.
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Like another poster posted you can learn to sail in 20 minutes an the rest of your life gaining experience. Each time you go out you learn something new.

We had never been on a boat before we purchased ours. I was 63 then. We splashed her in July 08 with a friend on board. I backed out of the slip in Port O'Connor. Our friend raised the sails handed the wife the tiller and I killed the motor. She sailed out the ICW and half way to Port Lavaca. I finished the rest of the trip. So if a lifetime cowboy can learn to sail anyone can.

Don't get a big boat that takes a crew to handle. We have a 22'er that we are learning on. We also plan on taking her to Fla come spring. Nope not offshore but the ICW.

Make sure you have a reliable motor. Mines not and I hate it. Going to get a new 4 stroke before we head out.
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