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Complete and total 'newbie'...

Hello everyone-my name is Solomon.

I am an active-duty Army guy/dad/husband/lubber in WA state who has discovered a (perhaps ill-advised) sailing obsession. The timeline goes something like this:

1. Move to WA state (after never living near significant amounts of water before) and notice all the water.

2. Decide that it would be great to be able to move around on that water. Also notice all the cool boats.

3. Get a couple kayaks and do nothing but that and work all summer for 2 years. Continue to notice the cool boats, especially those with sails.

4. Visit Bremerton and ogle Navy ships. Start devouring historical/naval fiction (Patrick O'Bryan, C.S. Forrester, etc.).

5. Start taking walks at local marinas and browsing craigslist and boat ads for fun.

6. Dream about boat diagrams and components. Wake up in a cold sweat and the realization I need to learn to sail. Start reading manuals, learning about basic boat design and operation, subscribe to sailing mags, lurk on forums, and taking free online 'courses'.

7. Lament the cost in money and time for sailing lessons (Army keeps me on a fairly short leash). Figure it is cheaper to buy a used sailboat and go from there.

8. Buy an old Cal 20 needing 'a little work'. Work on it long enough to realize I am in over my head and repairs will cost 3 times the value of the boat. Sell it for less than I bought it for.

9. Begin to search again for one that is sail-ready. Find my T22. Buy it from an experienced sailor who helps and mentors. Curse the paperwork required for registration and insurance and so on...

10. Sail a few times for short distance on my own. Spend all my free time on the boat. Stop lurking in forums and start posting!

So here I am, hoping to get some advice and eventually contribute in a meaningful way to the discussion.
My Tanzer 22 (Christened the 'H.P. Lovecraft'...get it?) is moored at West Bay Marina (home away from home) in Oly. I have many small fixes to make and such; but she is sweet!
So...pardon my enthusiasm and thanks for having lubbers like me on here!
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Re: Complete and total 'newbie'...

Hey Solomon!

For me, one of the great things about sailing is that it's an activity that has an almost infinite number of levels, from zipping around on a sailboard or 14 foot Laser in a small lake or near a dock and up to and including racing and crossing oceans. You can find your own level of comfort and enjoyment anywhere in there.

As a military member you should make yourself aware of any MWR marinas or boating facilities near you and if they offer classes or other activities.

skydoc and I are both former military and our first sailing class was an MWR offering at the Naval Academy in Annapolis. I don't remember what it cost but I'm pretty sure it was dirt cheap, we were young junior officers without a ton of income at the time (although also without families or other responsibilities too). That class has been the foundation of everything that has come since.

If you can find people to sail with, particularly with more knowledge and experience than you, whether they come sail with you on your boat or you on theirs, you will learn a ton from them and have fun doing it too.
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Re: Complete and total 'newbie'...

I don't envy you discovering this obsession while being on active duty. Hell, I was active duty NAVY and still couldn't get on the water recreationally. "The cobbler's sons have no shoes..." The only time I could get on the water was when we were "haze gray and underway."

It wasn't until civilian life that I had the disposable time to invest in sailing...which is tragic.

Anyway, make the most of it that you can, and best of luck. Not sure if you're a 20 year man or not, but you'll have more play time on the water when you're a civilian. If you really like sailing, don't let go of it.
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Re: Complete and total 'newbie'...

I'm active duty Army as well with a couple more till retirement. I re-discovered sailing during an R&R trip from a deployment. Took leave the next year after the deployment for lessons, and the year after that, I had myself a boat. I was able to do a little lake sailing but the boat was in need of some work, so now doing a refit.

Welcome to the forum, Solomon. There's plenty of topics to research.

Have fun!
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Hey Solomon!

For me, one of the great things about sailing is that it's an activity that has an almost infinite number of levels, from zipping around on a sailboard or 14 foot Laser in a small lake or near a dock and up to and including racing and crossing oceans. You can find your own level of comfort and enjoyment anywhere in there.

As a military member you should make yourself aware of any MWR marinas or boating facilities near you and if they offer classes or other activities.

skydoc and I are both former military and our first sailing class was an MWR offering at the Naval Academy in Annapolis. I don't remember what it cost but I'm pretty sure it was dirt cheap, we were young junior officers without a ton of income at the time (although also without families or other responsibilities too). That class has been the foundation of everything that has come since.

If you can find people to sail with, particularly with more knowledge and experience than you, whether they come sail with you on your boat or you on theirs, you will learn a ton from them and have fun doing it too.
Thanks for the welcome! There is a small marina on post but no sailing-related offerings...did get the boater safety card for free though! I have found good instruction off post and will make the most of it.

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I don't envy you discovering this obsession while being on active duty. Hell, I was active duty NAVY and still couldn't get on the water recreationally. "The cobbler's sons have no shoes..." The only time I could get on the water was when we were "haze gray and underway."

It wasn't until civilian life that I had the disposable time to invest in sailing...which is tragic.

Anyway, make the most of it that you can, and best of luck. Not sure if you're a 20 year man or not, but you'll have more play time on the water when you're a civilian. If you really like sailing, don't let go of it.
Thank you as well! I have 7 more years to go to make that 20.

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