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post #2 of Old 12-23-2016
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Re: New C&C 30 MKI owner

Congrats on the new boat! Sailing will change your life in the best way possible

As far as equipment goes, having an autopilot and all the electronic goodies is great but I really encourage you to practice sailing without them and become proficient. Use instruments to augment your sailing instead of telling you how to sail.

I sailed for 6 years on a boat with no electronics other than running lights. My new boat has all the goodies but I rarely need to use them because sailing without for so long gives you an intuitive feel for it. They could all go out and I would be able to sail back home just fine. That to me is the best piece of "equipment".

You are going to have a lot of fun and make some great memories with your boat. I wish you all the best!
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