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I am new to SailNet and pretty new to sailing. I live in Chattanooga, TN. I hope it isn't rude to include my bleg right in my introduction.

I never sailed before 2014. It was a long-term ambition but I never felt I could manage the finances (We are poor people). In January of 2014 I found a marina selling a 1979 Catalina 22 with a trailer, and I had enough cash (with some help from my dad) to make the purchase. The dockmaster threw in four free months in the slip.

I took the boat out solo the first weekend after I made the purchase. I came back, changed my underwear, and made plans to come out again the next weekend with a mentor. Bear in mind that I had never piloted any boat before by sail or motor. Long story short, I sailed, or made an attempt at it, almost every weekend from then until the start of June when my free time in the slip ran out.

At that point, my 72 year old dad helped me trailer the boat, take down the rigging, and drive it home. It was then that I realized that my plan - to trailer back and forth for each excursion - was completely impractical.

Now I learn that it is $160/month or better to keep the boat in a slip, and I cannot afford that. (I can hear it now - surely you can cut off that expensive cable tv or internet, and spring for a wet slip! And, really? Just $160/month for a wet slip?!) So, yes, I realize that $160 is a very good price on a wet slip. No, I really cannot afford it. Trust me.

As my subject line suggests - I want to sail. Having tasted it for four months, the idea of giving it up is unimaginable. But here I am, at a loss for what to do next. I cringe when I even think of Craigslist. Do I have hope? Is there an economical way to store a boat in or out of the water without having to take down the rigging and put it back up each time I want to go out?

So, that's my story. It's nice to meet you all, and thank you in advance for any ideas you may have to offer me.
 

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Thank you Denise! It occurred to me that there might be marinas or yards that rented "sidewalk" space where trailer and boat could be stored, but I haven't found where that is a common practice or where in Chattanooga it is a possibility. I will do more research.
 

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Nice to meet you (both!)! I will have to get my post count up before I can pm you to swap contact info, but I'm sure that won't take long.
 

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Thank you for the encouragement, Catman! I have only unstepped the mast once, and it was maybe a three-four hour job with the help of my dad. I have never stepped it. Currently, I have it completely off the boat (because I hope to paint before I sail again). The biggest obstacles were ignorance and very difficult turnbuckles (I've also been looking for some economical choices for newer and better turnbuckles). I cannot imagine doing the process in an hour, especially solo. I hear it gets easier with experience, but I don't feel very confident. I posted a help thread in general discussion about dry-sailing from a rampside storage location (following the advice of others who have offered that suggestion). I am not going to give up - at least not easily. I appreciate the help everyone has offered me!
 
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