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  1. Yacht club advice for a complete beginner?

    Learning to Sail
    Hi all, As the title suggests, I'm a complete beginner with no experience but I am very keen to learn. Tomorrow I'll be visiting my local yacht club and, weather permitting, will go for a sail with one/some of the members. I'd like to make a good first impression even though I don't have much...
  2. Advice on sailing from Boston to Vancouver.

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    Hello everyone, I am thinking of possibly sailing from Boston to Vancouver next year. My visa expires in the US and I need to leave. My visa might expire while on the way or right when I leave so I have a question if someone might now. Without a US visa, can I stop at US ports on the way to BC...
  3. 30k Sailing Kitty, what’s your next move?

    Cruising & Liveaboard Forum
    Ok, time to ask for some advice. Unheeded, no holds barred, internet brainstorming if you will. Having roughly 30k to spend on a sailboat in the fall of 2015 there seems to be many options to consider. Do you acquire a sound craft for 20k and keep 10k in the Kitty for unforeseeable repairs...
  4. Best route from Melbourne to Key West???

    Florida - Keys
    I'll be sailing from Melbourne FL (Space Coast) to Key West in 20 days... It's my first long trip and everyone I talk to seems to have a different opinion, all of which will "save me three days" Our options are ICW then outside at Lake Worth, or Okeechobee across to Ft. Meyers. There seem to be...
  5. Boat recommendations (new to sailing)

    Boat Review and Purchase Forum
    Hello All, I am looking to get back into sailing on a hobby basis. I am 25 and learned originally to sail a small boat (14'-18') when I was 13 or 14, but due to location I didn't have the opportunity to sail for many years. Now I live in LA area and am close enough to the water to get into it...
  6. Any Advice for sailing Kingston, NY to NYC??

    Seamanship & Navigation
    I am new to sailing, I own a Grampian 30 with a 3 cylinder universal motor, 150 genoa... I would like to end the season by sailing to NYC for a night or two and then sail back up to Kingston, NY. I haven't been that far south and i would like any advice i can get to avoid sticky situations or at...
  7. Anybody know about "Sunsail"? (The manufacturer, not the charter company)

    Boat Review and Purchase Forum
    Hi all, I recently bought (for not quite a song) a 16'-10" daysailer built in 1976 by "Sunsail." I've looked and looked, and can find no reference online for the manufacturer or the boat. It doesn't help my online searching that "Sunsail" also happens to be a mega charter outfit. Its setup...
  8. Questions and Advice for that first BIG sail in a new(OLD) boat

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    A few months ago my husband and I bought a 1972 Ericson 35MkII. We got her for a steal and she needs some work, but all in all we are thrilled with what we got. My husband has been doing some work to her to get her ready to sail home. We are sailing her 140NM from New Port Richey, Fl to...
  9. Need Help Outfitting for Cruising. :)

    Cruising & Liveaboard Forum
    Hello Everyone. My husband and I have been working towards running away on a sailboat for years. We have owned numerous smaller vessels and finally upgraded. We kind of stumbled upon an Ericson 35 Mk II. It was an EXCELLENT deal so we jumped on it. It has been sitting a little while and...
  10. First Boat Buying Advice

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    Hey guys, I think I've finally done enough research to post my own thread about my specific needs. I started out with dreams of living aboard and sailing down the east coast, but realistically, that will not be an option for at least a couple years. I figure I'll finish school and once I get a...
  11. Could use some info!

    Cruising & Liveaboard Forum
    Hello, My name is Chris and I am an unlimited tonnage marine engineer looking to live on something a little smaller. I am starting my search for a 50-100' sailboat, in the need of some TLC. I want to be able to sail the east coast and beyond with my girlfriend, and one day small family. I have...
  12. Painting Topsides -- Gnarly Hurricane Dock Rash

    Gear & Maintenance
    Hi All-- We've got some pretty severe dock rash in our topsides (gel coat). Any tips on painting? No glass damage... Thanks!
  13. Foam/cushion shops in NYC/Hudson Valley

    Gear & Maintenance
    Hi all-- My plan is to make the interior cushions on a Bristol 27 myself, and I'm researching options to purchase the foam (and possibly have it professionally cut). Any foam/cushion outfits in NYC/Hudson Valley you would recommend? Also: Any advice? Thinking 3-4 inch closed cell foam is the...
  14. C&C 25 vs O'day 25

    SailNet FAQ
    Please help! I learned to sail on an O'Day 25 that had a shallow keel (25" draft cb up, 4' cb down). Since then I've sailed a C&C 25 with a 4 foot draft. I loved the [email protected] but want to sail in the relatively shallow waters of lake simcoe. I can get a delux, fully loaded C&C and worry about the...
  15. Tips for a book on sailing around the world

    Cruising & Liveaboard Forum
    Hello everybody I am new to this forum and to sailing. I am, however, conducting research for an adventure book with a chapter on sailing around the world and was wondering if I might be able to get some help? I hope this is an appropriate place to ask. The book I'm writing is a collection of...
  16. First timer with chartering questions

    Hello everyone! Happy to have found this forum -- been great reading so far. My girlfriend and I and another couple (4 people total) are looking to charter this winter, ideally in the Caribbean (been looking at the BVI). I have a lot of experience sailing and racing dinghies (JY15s, 420s...