Join Date: Nov 2019
Location: Central Va. near Richmond
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Hey, sounds great! As I understand, Dufour is a good boat.
Truthfully, take a few sailing lessons if you can to get the basics down and try to go out in rough weather during those lessons if at all possible. Then try to see if the sailing coach would go out with you and your husband on your boat a few times during good and not so good weather. Don't rely on one single instructor either.
This will build confidence.
Then take it out on your own while being in contact with an instructor should you have an issue.
Short jaunts: Out, sail, anchor, sail, dock. Do this all day and then anchor out overnight.
Lol. Just total immersion after that as free time allows.
Practice man over board by tossing a throwable pfd in the drink and retrieving. Pretty difficult the first few times.
Then single handing man over board with a throwable.
My brother in law and i do real man overboard practice in warm weather.
Yep, one jumps in!
Have fun and beeeee safe!
Catalina 25 Swing Keel on a trailer
Sailing the Chesapeake from Deltaville, Va.