Yes, when using "neither" in the sense of both of us, treat the subject in the sentence as plural, and make the verb agree - "...but neither of us know how to sail..."... but neither of us knows how to sail... but aside from that, can someone offer advice/tips for a newbie sailor?
Often a knowledgeable friend is the best way to pick up the needed skills. The only concern is that the friend really should know how to sail, or you could all end up in trouble.Hi. My husband and I just bought a 1975 22ft seafarer sailboat, but neither of us knows how to sail... My husband has a co-worker that offered to give him lessons, but aside from that, can someone offer advice/tips for a newbie sailor?
LOL, I think we just got a window into Sal's life ! :laugherFirst thing is jump into one of those "Is sailing sexist?" threads and get in all the man bashing you can. Do a search for "stupid-penis" or "man hate".
It doesn't matter if your husband doesn't know anything right now -one day he will. And then he will start...saying stuff.... and calling you "the admiral" while rolling his eyes.
You want to be prepared for that.
His co-worker used to own a sail boat and said his wife is the expert sailor and was captain of a sailing team or something but they don't have a boat any more. So we'll be needing to learn on our own boat but they will both be available for as long as we need them. I just want to take some time before the boat is launched in the spring to learn what i can so i'm not totally clueless when they are teaching us.Does the coworker have his own boat? What kind and how big? It might be best to do your first lesson on his boat (for liability and familiarity/safety). If his boat is a smaller boat, that might be an EVEN BETTER lesson for you, because smaller boats give quicker "feedback" when you make mistakes. Then if that goes well, invite him on your boat for a test run.
Congratulations!We are in MA but the boat will be moored probably at the Pope Island Marina in New Bedford, or near there at another location.
I have come across some new "words" that I have had to look up and I have yet to see the work reef so I will definitely look that up and learn how to do it When we lived in FL we owned a motor boat so are familiar with the generalities, just not how it relates to sailing. Will definitely read the dummies book.Congratulations and commiserations...
The Sailing For Dummies idea is a good one.
Seeing as you asked for advice here are a couple of pieces (take em or leave em):
- let both of you take turns helming/crewing - both of you should be comfortable in either capacity.
- learn how to reef
- meet, talk to and sail with other sailors
- be aware of the rules of the road but give way early if you suspect that the give way boat may not be aware of you or cannot change course
- your boat can probably handle more extreme conditions than you can
- have fun
I thought I had posted some pics in my signature but I am not seeing it come up, let me see if I can get it to post here in the reply...Welcome dave and krista, I'm in your neck of the woods. PM me, glad to help you two out if I can. With spring just around the corner, I'm getting itchy to start working on my boat doing the spring thing. What kind of condition is your in? Any pictures?