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I do want to learn...I am learning more and more each time I go out. The ideas you and others have posted all go into the "knowledge bag" to be used if/when needed. I appreciate the knoweldge I'm able to gain here from other peoples experiences.
My remark about the 41' was somewhat in jest. Frankly, I don't have the time to start with a Sunfish or Laser and work my way up. While learning on a larger boat my be somewhat more difficult it's far from impossible. As a single-engine Cessna pilot I stepped up and was quickly checked out to fly a 4-engine WWII bomber (B-24 for those that know). I'm not afraid of a challenge.
Let's not be ridiculous. It's a big jump from a "Laser" to a 36' sailboat! Obviously, the matter a hand (maneuvering under power) doesn't even apply to Lasers. Your aircraft analogy is an interesting one though. Every pilot is "checked out", yet all it takes to become a sailboat Capitan is a payment! Sure...you can learn on a 36' boat. I just read an article about a couple that bought a brand new 50' cat as a starter boat, picked it up in France and went cruising. So far, they've had a great experience (despite some real bone headed moves IMO resulting from their lack of experience)! And then of course, there is the story of Tanya Albie (sp?) and many others. Isn't there a saying, "God watches over fools and children"? But then....sometimes he doesn't, your neighbors swim platform being a minor example. Anyway, I'm going far afield here, and am going to disconnect from the thread. All the best!
Last edited by L124C; 07-11-2009 at 12:38 PM.