Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Acworth, GA
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Hey all! I'm a former Navy Submariner (nuke mechanic/supervisor) that's always had an idle interest in sailing (bought my first book on how to sail a couple decades ago). Recently got the itch again and loved my liveaboard dive trip on a sailboat in the Bahamas. That really, really made me wish I could spend my winters sailing and diving the Caribbean. Not having any practical experience sailing myself (just been a passenger previously) would make that kind of difficult (and the whole work thing), but I figure I can start learning now and then maybe, if I still fancy that kind of trip, when I retire in a bit (7-10 years probably) I may be able to make that a reality.
In the meantime, I plan on getting some lessons and some certifications (from my reading ASA certs are probably decent to work towards and can be transferred to get the European cert needed to rent a boat over there if desired), and then get out and do some sailing on the local lakes. So far my personal "sailing" experience as more than a passenger is just a few hours with a resort 16' Hobie cat in light winds.
Hoping to learn lots from this community!
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