Deep Blue Crush
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Wanderer, travelling around.
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Re: Single handed sailing without actual sailing experience
I started with sailing courses, both in the US and the UK, but I knew I will never truly learn unless doing it alone as well, and not just the "sailing" aspect but full boat maintenance and repair too.
So meanwhile I also bought my first 28 feet sailboat about 8 months ago, and had to face everything now, buying it, sorting it for winter with everything that implies, now getting it ready for summer (did the bottom work, hull paint etc), and then sorting all sort of refitting aspects which are still ongoing. This afternoon I was literally arranging my things on her for a full liveaboard and lots of sailing ( ie, plan everything that is fully secured at all times, so things dont fly around when sailing) although the boat isnt fully ready, but living on her will push the refitting aspects, some are very necessary, some are more cosmetics.
There is something to learn at every corner of it, something to do, something I totally scratch my head about more often than not. I had no idea how to use the drill before, well, I know now and I am so darn proud of my tools!
When I get overwhelmed, I just take a step back, look at only and only one thing that I need to do and simply ignore the others for few hours. And slowly, I have to admit its so great how I see myself managing to do some things all alone. Two days ago I opened and cleaned the water tank. Seems so simple, and it is (now that I know), but it wasnt for me when I said ok today I do the water talk, I had no idea what to expect, will I figure it out myself, etc. It is a custom made water tank. And yes, I could have paid someone to do it for me, for some things that are truly a bit too advanced I do get help but I try to get things done myself as much as I can.
I do ask around, here at the marina or in Sailnet although sometimes I get even more confused getting the answers, but then I continue the research and I try this and that.
I dont think I ever learnt so much about so many things in such a short time, reading is one thing, doing is totally different. And mostly I love how it allows me to think outside the box and sometimes trying to just come up to some solutions to this or that or discussing the solutions with others.
Good luck and go for it! It can only enhance your life.
Deep Blue Crush