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post #11 of 23 Old 12-28-2014
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Re: I got a sailboat for my birthday.

Congrats on the boat. What lake/state are you on?

Sounds like you'll have fun. Nice on your wife on getting you a boat.

Get plenty of hands-on and you'll learn soon enough.

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Re: I got a sailboat for my birthday.

That's very cool!

I learned to sail on one of those, me and a friend capsized it and sailed it out, a great boat to start out on.

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Re: I got a sailboat for my birthday.

That's great! I'm in a club that has several Catalina Capri 16.5 which I think is a similar boat. They're a ton of fun. We teach capsize drills, but you have to work at it to get them to go over. We keep a float on the top of the mast to keep them from turtling:
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Make sure you put the board down! I've seen people sail off with the board up, then wonder why they can't make any progress up wind.

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Re: I got a sailboat for my birthday.

It sounds like you have a wonderful wife. Cherish her for all of the right reasons, but while you are at it, appreciate her for supporting your dreams.

The Rebels were co-designed and originally constructed by Ray Greene. Greene was a real pioneer in fiberglass construction. Ray originally adapted designs from popular wooden mid-western one-design classes (racing boats which are essentially the same so that they are racing on a comparatively level playing field). The Rebel was one of the first of his designs which was designed to be constructed in fiberglass. These were a popular day sailor, one-design race boat, and were used in sailing schools and junior sailing programs.

The design is pretty conservative by modern standards and so should be a reasonable platform to learn to sail on.

That said, the Rebels are not self-rescuing, meaning that they fill with water if you capsize and you need a tow to shore to drain the boat out. That is less than ideal for a beginner, but many of us dinosaurs started out sailing on non-self-rescuing boats and most of us are here to talk about it. Seriously, you will need to be more careful when you start sailing the Rebel than you might need to be with a self-rescuing design.

Ray Green produced high quality fiberglass work for his day, but things were pretty crude in those days. Ray Greene closed shop in the late 1970's and the Nickels Boat Works began producing them. I don't know much about Nickels except that I sailed one of their JY 15's and thought it was very nicely made and very nicely finished.

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Re: I got a sailboat for my birthday.

Congrats on the boat (and your Bride). If this wasn't one of the books she got you, I'd highly recommend you pick up a copy. It's available in a couple of editions, any of which will get you on the right track.

http://www.amazon.com/David-Seidman-Complete-Sailor-Paperback/dp/B004W1A878/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1419887947&sr=1-2&keywords=The+Complete+Sailor
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Re: I got a sailboat for my birthday.

To hell with the boat ..... the wife .... she's a keeper
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The hysterical laughter you hear as you drive a way in your"new" boat ..... is the seller.
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Welcome to sailing! Lots of good folks and good times in this crowd. Enjoy the ride - even when it gets rocky
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Re: I got a sailboat for my birthday.

You'll be happy with a sailboat on a lake and 16' is big enough for camping trips, lazy picnics and trailering to other lakes. If you can find a friend who knows how to sail for some on the water tips your first few days will be a lot easier.


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Re: I got a sailboat for my birthday.

J.J and Peter Isler's Sailing for Dummies is a fun read and very informative. Ditto re wife.
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