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After years of studying and dreaming, months of planning and shopping, I set sail saturday. Plan to go from Lauderdale to LI, a thousand miles or so. Recruited a crew on this forum. Anxious to sail, I fly on thursday. Expect to be back by the end of the month, I'll report on the trip then.
 

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Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable journey. Look forward to your account.
 

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Fair winds...have fun... report back with pix if you can. :)
 

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I disagree that "Cotton Sucks." On nice days, cotton is the best, when the weather turns bad, you should have some foulweather gear anyway! As much as I have bike toured, kayaked, backpacked, sailed, and traveled. I have found that my favorite "performance" clothing, is the same clothing I wear every day. COTTON!

It breathes, it's soft, it's comfortable. It doesn't stink like synthetics, and it's available in the styles I like. Synthetics may dry faster, but they are uncomfortable, make you have terrible BO, and look bad to boot.
 

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Have fun. And remember there are only 5 rules you have to follow:

1. Keep the water on the outside.
2. Keep the people on the inside.
3. Keep the stick pointed up.
4. Keep the keel pointed down.
5. Every so often make sure the bow is pointed in the direction you want to go.

Enjoy!!
 

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Stories? of hours and days of preparation, months of planning? Of making 186 miles in her first 24, six knots through the water even reefed in a six foot sea? of warblers resting aboard, petrels circling, dolphins leaping? the disappointment of being driven back in by impending weather? the joy of navigating the wild rivers and marshes in the ICW? anchoring in lonely places and taking off your soaking clothes for a good dinner with a merry crew? of going back to sea and standing those late night watches, learning to let the boat have her way in the sea? the stress of more bad weather, of grounding in NJ and further delays? of the joy of entering NYC at dawn? but warily dodging freighters? the one great day sailing past Hatteras in fine conditions?
Some stories, I guess.
 
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