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As a new member of the sailing community, I’ve been told that my old 1988 23.5 Hunter is far too big for our 350 acre “pond”. That a “Real Sailor” wouldn’t consider putting up with the power boaters for the simple satisfaction of being able to tack fifty times to travel less then a mile down to the other end of the lake only to turn around and run back to the marina in fifteen minutes. But to me it’s an accomplishment. When I drove my powerboat I just pointed it in the direction I wanted to go and gave it some gas. Now I have to read the wind, plan my route, and unfortunately give way to jet skis and wake boarders with their blasting stereo systems. Last week I had the best time in my two month sailing carrier by trailering Miss Lisa to Gavens Point dam in South Dakota and sailing fifteen miles without having to change tack. What a thrill it must be to have BIG water to play on. But as my experience increases so will the size sailing area I feel comfortable on.

Happy sailing to all.
 

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Just the fact that you are more interested in the journey than the destination makes you a sailor in my mind. The skill are aquired and improved with time but being a sailor is something deeper.
 

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bnoble Beaver Lake Nebraska,

I think only a real sailor would be dedicated enough to overcome the conditions you describe that you''ve got to sail in! I also do a lot of lake sailing,so I know what you''re talking about. Learning to recognize all the stupid things lake antagonists do on the water surrounding you now, will help you later when you do sail in big water.You develop a sense of knowing what others are going to do before they do it. The conditions you describe on your lake are the same as entering any busy harbor. It''s all relative. The only difference is everything is bigger. Happy sails to you my lake brother.
 

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Scew the nay-sayers.
A sailor is someone who''s sailing. You own a boat, that makes you a boat owner, you realy sail, that makes you a real sailor. congradulations. You''re certificate will be in the mail shortly. =)

Do the people who called into question the "realness" of your sailorship actualy sail?

On a side note, since when did a sailboat have to yield right of way to a jet ski? I dont know about maratime law where you''re from, but around here (biggest pond, Pacific Ocean) jet-skis are slightly under plastic bags on the right of way scale.

At some point I''m gonna have to try lake sailing. Sailing without waves big enough to cast wind shadows and cause accidental jibes sounds RAD! =)

-- James
 

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Sailing, is sailing, is sailing, is sailing! Make no bones about that. But there''s something to be said about looking long and hard for the highlands to sliver the horizon forward while astern your wake leads to the separation of sea and sky. It is here that the sailor is born, or not. One who sits, profusely fidgeting and worrying about every little thing should probably stick to the 350 acre lake, while the one who celebrates life and thrills to standing alone atop the world is the sailor! TRIM!
 

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Ahoy, A sailor ye be to be sure and right good enough to sail in me big pond of the Gulf of Mexico, and glad to have ye. Strike out and embrace the sea and she she hold your heart forever. Pirate of Pine Island.
 

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Hobie 16 website had a solution for PWC''s that any real sailor would appreciate. I can''t find it now, but it involved tweaking the heat-sensor on an army surplus Sidewinder and mounting it (and possibly a second, for better balance on board) far enough forward on the Hobie to clear the tillers. Apparently quite effective.
 

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Well, there''s the answer right there: the moment you realize that deep down in your heart you really, really <em>hate</em> jet skiers, not that you only consider them a nuisance, but that you have an abiding, visceral hatred for all of their kind, then you are a sailor, my friend.

(Welcome aboard)
 

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heat seaking side winder?!?!?!? maybe on a hobie or a J boat. for us who like to think older school http://www.cannon-mania.com/Arsenal%20Store.htm has some descent cannons. takes a bit of practice to be able to hit them buzzy little suckers though. :)

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Water Maggots don''t get out where the best sailing is!
 

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You are a sailor when you sail a vessel I agree tha Jet skis are a bother and people that buy a fishing boat with twin 250''S so they can get across the lake in twenty seconds are not much better,A real sailor puts up with them ,and gives right of way because sailors know that the right of way exists and would rather give way then get run over or cause harm to someone that even though they strap on a bunch of power they are iggnorant of the rules of the road.
 

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I think in actuality you''re either born a sailor, or not. You may not realize you''re a sailor until later in life, but it was always there. For me,I realized it while playing in a creek as a kid.The first time my small toy sailboat (that I had paid the outrageous sum of $.75 for) made it all the way across the creek with only a slight puff of of wind, I was amazed by the beauty and simplicity of the craft.As the she glided across the water, I would pretend that I was aboard her voyaging to see the people on the other side. I would imagine them to be like the people I had seen in my Grandfathers- National Geographic magazines. My life has taken many turns since those days, but when I chartered my first boat in the BVI, and saw the Baths lying ahead of me, I knew I was home again.
 

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I agree with Stede. I too never spent any time near salt water until I was 16. The instant I was on my first sailboat, I knew it was home. I concur you are either born a sailor or not.
 
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