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Hello, I am looking for experience. I am making a transition from powerboats to sailboats and need to become familiar with the inner workings of a sailboat. Not to mention; learn how to sail one.

I am currently saving up for my first project, (it is not the boat that is expensive, it's the transportation to get it here), and am looking for someone who needs help either;

Restoring, re-fitting, rigging or just wants some company for short excursions. I have no sailing experience.

I need experience in everything from applying bottom paint to replacing standing/running rigging.

However,

I am a very proficient and experienced mechanic.

I am very familiar with electrical work and wiring.

I am self supporting- I.E I have money so I can bring my own lunch.

I am also a fast learner, decent woodworker and have all my own tools if needed.

I am taking a sailing class shortly (small craft).

Now, about me; I am a college educated 32 year old, active duty Staff Sergeant in the Georgia National Guard. I live in the Savannah Ga area and have no problem traveling North of Hilton Head Island and as far South as Jacksonville Fl. And.......

I will help you for FREE!!!!! All I ask is that you teach me what you know about rigging, fiber glassing, painting and of course, sailing. I am studying books on the vocabulary but someone yelling at me to grab the %#$%$# sheet thing by it's proper name ingrains it in better than reading. Having said this, I don't mind being deck fodder on a race boat.

I am available most weeknights- depending on your location- and 3 weekends out of the month.

My reasoning; I do not know anyone in this area that sails. I figure that if I can help someone with general labor or maybe they can utilize my skills in trade for their knowledge I will not only gain practical experience but maybe make a few new friends within the sailing community.

If this interests anyone, PM me or reply to this post and we will see what can be worked out.

Thanks and I look forward to hearing from someone. Alan
 

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To cold up there!!! :laugher Moved here from PA and don't miss the winters at all. At least I know someone is reading this. Maybe I'll get lucky and find someone that needs some help.

Many of the boats I am looking at are in the Northern area's....sure would be cheaper to sail it down here through the ICW instead of trucking it......if I knew what I was doing. Thanks for your time. AR
 

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Thanks man, hanging in there....I have noticed that most if not all crew requests require someone with experience. Makes sense. I am working my way up to that though. Training is a progression and experience comes as you make that trip. Watching the boat classifieds, all of them, it seems it won't be long before what I want becomes available in my area and I can start learning hands on with my own boat. Unfortunately, the sailing class season is coming to an end here so it may be next spring till I get on the water. However, my offer is still open. Alan
 

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Stroke of bad luck

Hello all. First I want to thank the people who have offered to allow me to help them. I have quite a few emails sitting in my inbox that should keep me busy over the winter. I can only compare this openness with my other hobby; motorcycling. Like the motorcycle crowd, people here seem genuine in regards to the willingness to share their knowledge and help others.

Unfortunately, I hit a snag in my plans. Due to an accident, I had to have surgery on my foot last month that basically put me out of commission for a few months. My sailing classes are on hold as is my availability to help others with their boats. This should not last to long though as I am out of the wheelchair and on crutches. Soon I will be walking again (hopefully by mid November) and plan to begin taking people up on their offers; provided they are still available.

Please keep the offers coming as this is an open ended deal; as in I will still be doing this through next year. I have taken heed to the vast amount of advice on this board regarding my boat purchase- as in I am in no hurry. Projects can be had for next to nothing but it seems wise to save money and purchase a serviceable sailboat to start with. This means that I will not have my own boat for next season and will be spending my time in sailing classes and helping others with their boats.

Thanks for the link to the sailing club that meets in Thunderbolt. When I am able I will go down there for Breakfast and introduce myself. Alan
 
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