Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: somewhere south of civilization
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Re: Hello all! New to sailing, but absolutely in love
Walk the docks of the marinas and yacht clubs in your area in your spare time (like a grad student has so much of that, lol). Offer to help folks wash their boat, fold sails or whatever and you'll be out on the water and getting a better education than money could buy, sooner than you thought. Sail with as many skippers and on as many boats as you can. Every skipper has his/her own way of doing things, but generally none is more correct than the other, just different. Every boat is different and has certain features that make it better for each owner's needs. Once you understand these differences, it will be easier for you to choose the boat that suits YOUR needs, when the time comes to buy one.
Don't listen to those grouches above. Our boat is our home, transportation and our income. If next season is as good as this season, our boat will be putting quite a few of those $100.00 bills into our pockets to get wet in that proverbial shower, after expenses. This year it bought itself a new mainsail, and not some overseas cheapo either.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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