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Welcome to SailNet, winddancer.
 
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Here's a big like for all of you, and where the hell were you when I was single?
 
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Thank you Melrna glad to be here!!!! Been working on my boat
for a few years and often have questions with no answers.

But ♡♥ every minute of it labor and sail time!!!
 

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Own My Boat

I own my O'Day 32' and live aboard alone very happily in Ventura, CA. People even here in California look askance at this, because I suppose I'm in a minority.


Tania Davidson
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People here don't. ;) There's a Grandma living discreetly but illegally in a marina near me. She does a lot of woodwork, varnish etc. on other boats and knows more about it than most of the guys in the boatyard.

One dreamer was trying to do a hack rebuild on an old wooden boat. It needed a new stem and he was completely clueless about it. He ignored a lot of good advice from the denizens of the boatyard but finally was forced to hire her. She quickly got fed up with the BS corner cutting he expected so she fired HIM. :D
 

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We are joint owners, but since I am currently unemployed, our dockmates know me.

I am noticing a pattern that I get projects started, then hubby swoops in on the weekends and gets to finish them. I just can't seem to make my arms long enough to reach both ends of a through bolted stanchion.
 

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my problem seems to be taking it from page to hands - on where the mental block kicks in. I don't know how to transition from theoretical to practical. (snip) I need some hands on guidance, and I don't just know where to get it.
Hello Lesley. If you're in a marina or boatyard the best/easiest way is to chat up a fellow who has done similar work on his boat. Ask questions. Nobody knew all this stuff at first. We learn and eventually it will make sense to you too.

First though, wire something simple that you "can't mess up" - it's summertime so I'd suggest a fan. Tell your circle of testosterone (or lady friend) what you want to do and ask what they would do first.

One step at a time, and you can do it.
Two wires, (one positive/hot, one ground/neutral)
From your breaker panel to the object (one of each color wire)

I'm presuming of course you're working with 12-volts.
The rest though comes a bit at a time, and it will make sense, guaranteed.

IF however you're planning on wiring your entire boat and are clueless after reading Calder's, you probably will have to spend some money for help. Or work out a Swap.

What can you do well?
I've hired help for meals and a small bit of $$ (extremely small)
I've swapped my work for theirs
I've traded cruising guides for work
And I've simply done stuff for boaters because they needed help.

A while back I replaced a sheave at the top of a mast for two cookies. Doggone First Mate ate 'em when my back was turned.

Picture of First Mate:


And friends have helped me many times with things that were beyond my scope -- either strength or knowledge. I've been blessed. :)
 

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I know many single handed women sailors who have off shore experience and tough coastal experience. And to revive this topic, I add, they sail Steel Brent Swain sailboats or Vintage wood or other kinds of makes and have great lives cruising the oceans.
Its a good life for a woman.. sometimes challenging because of the 'old boys clubs'. but the nice guys are not ruffled by it! And friends are made tried and true.. its a good life! True colors. Thats what the sea gives.. True Colors.
 

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I know many single handed women sailors who have off shore experience and tough coastal experience. And to revive this topic, I add, they sail Steel Brent Swain sailboats or Vintage wood or other kinds of makes and have great lives cruising the oceans.
Its a good life for a woman.. sometimes challenging because of the 'old boys clubs'. but the nice guys are not ruffled by it! And friends are made tried and true.. its a good life! True colors. Thats what the sea gives.. True Colors.
And, remember, BS is even single!



True colors.
 

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And destined to stay that way. :D
 

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Hi,
Many women own their own boats! But what is the big deal, many men own their own boats.

I don't see the need of this separation. It is a type of person who owns their own boat or plane. They live life to the wall and are blessed and lucky enough to have been given or earned the opportunity.

I can own my boat and plane and still really appreciate a man that opens a door and provides flowers now and then. And for my part thank you to all the men that have taught me something along the way so I could be competent captain and mechanic and unplug the head when necessary.

Don't divide - include!

It might be fun
 

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Many women own their own boats! But what is the big deal, many men own their own boats.

I don't see the need of this separation. ...
Don't divide - include!

It might be fun
I seriously doubt that Julie's intent with her original question was to divide. It was probably just natural curiosity from one woman to the rest of us. No conspiracies behind it.
 

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Just putting in two cents (I'm a guy). I've been following a gal in Panama on YouTube that impresses the holy crap out of me. (Untie the lines). She bought an aluminum boat and has done everything from repairing holes to wiring. Was in the Navy on ships with women. Anything that needed doing got done.

No reason why women can't be skippers of their own craft. The biggest problems women face is the same as men. Honesty. If you don't know something, say so. Find out about it and move forward.

Another problem is taking it personal or some sort of insult if someone treats you like a "girl". I was raised to open doors and watch my language. Take advantage of that and I won't be around you long enough for you to mind anyway. Beat me up for it, same same.

I vote for more women skippers and more "girl" boats!
 
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