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I'm a newbie sailboat owner and looking for a veteran to take me under their wing
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Fun boat, I used to have one, enjoy

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Looks like a excellent starter boat . I say starter because it doesn't look like you can stand up in it . Our first boat was a O'Day 23 , great boat but no head room . But on the other hand a friend of mine has a Cal 2-29 and longs for his Columbia 26 with 4' head room and he is over 6' . Tell us your plans. Cruise , race , both ?
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+1 used to have one. great little boat, lots of fun
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My plans are you use her as a starter boat I plan on retiring from the NAVY in a few years and way to sail to BVI and a few other places. I've taken a few ASA courses and upgrade to a bigger boat in the next 2-3 years since Its a little cramp for the family I have 4 girls.
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My advice is to go to your local library and read EVERYTHING they have on sailing. There will be one or two books that speak to you, and you should buy copies of them and internalize what they have to say.

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http://www.amazon.com/Royces-Sailing-Illustrated-Patrick-Royce/dp/0894716964
Out of print, of course. There are many others. You're in a wonderful place. Sail. Enjoy. Learn.


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4 girls on a boat will make for some interesting weekends. Congrats and enjoy.
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Is your motor reliable? If not, I'd get that sorted out. Sailing is pretty easy until something goes wrong. Having a reliable motor gives you more options when bad things happen. Just keep the lines out of the propeller!

Start small and don't try too much too soon. Pick a nice day with 5-10mph wind and just raise the main. Once you get the hang of tacking and gybing with just the main, add the jib. Not sure what tacking and gybing means, watch some YouTube videos.

I'd get an app with charts for your phone (and a waterproof "phone bag") to keep you off the sand bars in the James and ideally have a handheld VHF for safety.
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