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serpa4 06-05-2016 10:48 PM

So much hate to new people.
So many videos and such calling new people all kinds of stuff. Seems like everyone keeps saying you shouldn't be allowed to sail (not to me) to all the beginners. Everyone, even experts have to have their 1st week on a boat. Shish, you have to learn some time. It's like instant hate when people see you've been sailing for anything less than 20 years.

I have my 1st day of sailing my boat coming this month (30' C&C 30). I'm graduating from a 15' potter sail boat at 400lbs to this 9,000 lbs beast. Not looking forward to all the hate everyone spews. I have just completed ASA 101, 103/104, but still nervous about it. I'll see if a dock hand at the marina will jump onboard for my 1st docking in a marina. Life has thus far been motoring onto my trailer with a motor that rotates 360 degrees. Backing up this 30' boat with not much effect/prop wash, is intimidating even though I didn't bash in the sailing instructor's beneteau 35 docking in 28-32 sustained wind.

Just a rant, no response required.

fryewe 06-05-2016 10:56 PM

Re: So much hate to new people.
Nervous, huh?

Nobody will laugh at you. We were all there once.

Uricanejack 06-05-2016 11:06 PM

Re: So much hate to new people.
I don't know why you feel the hate. I find most sailor friendly.

I do see a lot of negativity posted here by some who make it seam sailing is a dangerous game and you should never leave the dock in case you encounter sea monsters or dragons. It reflects on them not you.

looks like you are of to a good start and have found a really nice boat. Not everyone loves a C&C but I have one and they are really nice boats to sail. You took a course to learn the basics. You are well prepared.

Once you get on your boat take her out and get comfortable. If you feel you need help ask for it I'm sure someone will oblige.

Good luck have fun. Wave at other boats most will wave back.
I sail on the other side of the continent but would give you a friendly wave if you pass by.

MikeOReilly 06-05-2016 11:23 PM

Re: So much hate to new people.
Not sure what hate you're talking about, unless you've been hanging out in sailor fight club thread, or whatever it's called. Most real sailors are helpful, supportive and generous to new folks.

Enjoy your new boat. I'm sure you'll have a great time.

deniseO30 06-05-2016 11:31 PM

Re: So much hate to new people.
you are in a great location! 10 yr ago I bought my O'Day 30 just up river by the bridge from Harrington and had the the survey and lift out at Harrington! I spent some time just motoring but the day my son took her out was a rush! Even crossing sand the bar was fun! Inertia of a sailboat can take some time to under stand they keep going and going using reverse helps but stopping the boat dead is a learning curve. Fair winds!

CalebD 06-05-2016 11:38 PM

Re: So much hate to new people.
No hate here at all towards new sailors of keel boats. The only thing I hate is that you sound much better prepared than I was on my first keel boat voyage over 12 years ago. Gotta start somewhere though and MikeOReily is correct that most yachties will chew your ear off attempting to be helpful. I'm probably one of them.

Get out there and sail that C&C 30'; nice boat BTW. One easy overnight sail (weather permitting) might be from HH to the Tilghman Island cut; Tilghman Marina was nice when visited last year and about $75 for an overnight transient slip w/wifi, shoreside showers, heads... breakfast of sorts too.

guitarguy56 06-06-2016 12:10 AM

Re: So much hate to new people.
Just don't install an induction cooktop and you won't feel the hate! Otherwise you have a great boat and you'll do just fine! We were in your shoes at one point in our sailing lives.

gamayun 06-06-2016 12:42 AM

Re: So much hate to new people.
Just take it one step at a time and it'll be cool (and in close quarters, don't go faster, when you can go slower ;) There's very little true hate on these forums, but ya gotta grow a thick skin because they will call out posters' ignorance (mine included) in no time flat. I went from sailing a few times on a motor-less Cal 20 to buying a 38-footer. First time I docked it to get fuel just before bringing it up the Northern California coast, I watched the attendants struggle to hold onto the dock lines and wrestle my boat to the dock. My friend leans over and says in my ear, "now take it out of gear."


But really, it's all good. Just take it one day at a time and you're going to have a blast every day you go out :)

smackdaddy 06-06-2016 12:51 AM

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Serpa - you're the reason sailing exists. Hang tough brotha. And have some big fun out there.

albrazzi 06-06-2016 12:58 AM

Re: So much hate to new people.
Keep it simple bow into the slip back out work the wind.

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