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Hey all, i am a first time boat owner and i luck out... got 27' catalina! Just beautiful. I am in bc Canada and look forward to learning from the experience ..."pooled" here? Haha:) all tips and pointers are very welcomed by me. Currently doing some minor repairs (electrical, wood finishing, interior and learning about batteries
 

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Happy to welcome another BCer.. where do you keep the boat? Where do you cruise?
 

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Happy to welcome another BCer.. where do you keep the boat? Where do you cruise?
Its in richmond, but i am awaiting my first course before get certified. Never sailed before, but i was not going to pass up this kind of opportunity!! How about you? Good to meet you also! I am tripping over myself to get out to desolation sound, but one day at a time....
 

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We're in False Creek.. If you need some help one day let me know.
 

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Cat,

congrats on the new boat and to sailing. Its a great . . . Sport, hobbie, affliction, as you will. What type of certified are you going for? If its ASA 101 or something, that's great but don't let the lack of keep you from sailing. Many of us old salts are self taught but ASA courses can keep you from learning some things the hard way, paying for it at the gelcoat exchange. But if a Seamanship course, it's a must. Knowing the rules of the road are what will keep you out of trouble. But, when you do something really dumb, and you will, please post it because we want to laugh at you. Not with you! There are actually three kinds of sailors. The kind that have run aground. The kind that are going to run aground and the kind the have run aground but don't have the kahunahs to admit it. We've all made the mistakes. We all need to learn from them.

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Well, heres the first dumb thing. I wanted to charge the battery so went to start the engine. I assumed all the way back would neutral. It isnt. Poor motor smoked pretty bad a couple mins. I found neutral. Laugh away :( poor motor
 

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Second day of course was AWEsome! Doing some knife edge sailing in 6-7 knot with up to 15 gusts! Did it in a little 420, instructor says im doing fine, but i over tack. Stupid tiller extension:(:(
 

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Cat,

congrats on the new boat and to sailing. Its a great . . . Sport, hobbie, affliction, as you will. What type of certified are you going for? If its ASA 101 or something, that's great but don't let the lack of keep you from sailing. Many of us old salts are self taught but ASA courses can keep you from learning some things the hard way, paying for it at the gelcoat exchange. But if a Seamanship course, it's a must. Knowing the rules of the road are what will keep you out of trouble. But, when you do something really dumb, and you will, please post it because we want to laugh at you. Not with you! There are actually three kinds of sailors. The kind that have run aground. The kind that are going to run aground and the kind the have run aground but don't have the kahunahs to admit it. We've all made the mistakes. We all need to learn from them.

Stiff Winds And Choppy Seas

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Im moored up in the fraser river BC. theres a lot of sand bars. Second time going out alone on 27', i head out and ram straight into a low tide sandbar. Got to play with my sails a while, rig up my sheets perfectly so when the ride comes in im ready to go! soon as the tide comes in i gybe right into another sandbar. Would've only been ten minutes to be free again, but my buddy came out on his dinghy and pulled me free. Worst part is i sat there watching beautiful 12 knot blow right past me for 2 hours. Got my bottom cleaned at least.
 

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Thanks! And i totally agree! This boat sails like a dream and has tons of room, incredible balance, im brand new at sea but i know this is a cadillac:):)
More like a Malibu... but there's nothing wrong with them either ;)
 
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