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#9 Changing head sails while sailing
#10 Heave-To

Also how confindent are you at handling two sails at once, especially on a gybe?
Not too worried. The boat is pretty well set up for single handing. But I think controlled gybes would be good to add to the list.

And yeah heaving to should be on the list.
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If you are single handing I would like to see what those MOB drills are??? Jump off while tethered and try to get back on? Maybe while pissing off the stern?
I was mostly just thinking of it as something to practice maneuvering with.
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With all the handwringing SN talk from some experts of people putting to sea with limited experience, requiring CG rescue I would have thought this would be the ideal time to help and steer this gentleman into a safe course where he wouldn't require a CG recue. Especially with all the concern stated here to prevent further incidents from occurring. But alas we get a pissing over the rail lesson from one of the chief critics. Here's your chance to help vs. sensationalize and criticize with your expertise and critical advice.

Congrats on your new boat Sully75,

You certainly have a great goal to look forward toward and I applaud you that you are taking a measured open minded approach toward it.

I would get as much sailing experience as you can. Maybe at time taking more experienced sailors with keelboats with you to sponge off of or get other opinions.

I would avail myself of an offshore course lasting two days. Many of the lessons are invaluable and even the most experienced sailor can learn something from them

I would start with a list of things you should have on board, spare repairable items for the engine, sails and some of the important systems. I would have backups of paper charts and few electronic charts. I would have enough emergency equipment on board to save your life should something catastrophic go wrong until help could arrive, In your case because its cold water maybe an immersion suit etc.

I would practice emergency procedures so they are routine and not done for the very first time live.


I a sure other helpful people will chime in here to help you be successful on your venture. Good luck

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I would make a list skills you feel you need to learn he should learn,

Then start working on both lists
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Sounds like you know how to sail. Do you know how to navigate? If not, learn how. Have you done night sails? Do you know some basic colregs and radio procedures?
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You guys have way too much time on your hands! (referring to the pee-ing instructors, of course)

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You guys have way too much time on your hands! (referring to the pee-ing instructors, of course)
You know what they say...Idle hands are something that should be kept away from the computer.

It is good to learn from your mistakes, but much better to learn from the mistakes of others...
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8. Pissing off the side of the boat while hanging on the the shrouds and scanning the horizon for ships.
Piss in the cockpit and let the drains take care of it. Follow with a bucket of SW down the drains if you aren't taking enough spray. If you find that too repulsive get a hospital pee bottle and go in it and pour that over the side. Limit your risks while single handing. One way to do that is not to do a two-handed operation with one hand...and peeing is a two handed operation for some steps in the process.
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Re: Cruising Skills/Practice

Other practice:

-Practice actions for minimum soundings (grounding imminent) on all points of sail
-Practice sailing in fog if conditions permit (do you have radar or AIS? Sound signaling device? Know the meaning of fog signals or have a laminated "cheat sheet" for them?)
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Other practice:

-Practice actions for minimum soundings (grounding imminent) on all points of sail

Could you elaborate on that a little bit? You're saying what would you do if you are imminently going to ground but haven't yet?


-Practice sailing in fog if conditions permit (do you have radar or AIS? Sound signaling device? Know the meaning of fog signals or have a laminated "cheat sheet" for them?)
No radar or ais. I have a horn, but no, I don't know the signals. Ill ads that tot the list.

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Sounds like you know how to sail. Do you know how to navigate? If not, learn how. Have you done night sails? Do you know some basic colregs and radio procedures?
I took a navigation class last year. It was not amazing but I think I'll be ok. That's something I'm going to need to focus on. I have basic colregs and basic knowledge of radio procedures.

No night sails.
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