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Old 02-15-2017, 04:44 PM   #1
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I have recently been overtaken by an interest in sailing. I've never really been interested, I guess just seemed... too slow for me. I don't know if its my age, or the fact I'm approaching retirement from the military, or having kids... but things are changing. Anyway, as I said sailing has consumed me. Cant stop reading and thinking about it.

A new ambition of mine is to buy and live aboard a big catamaran one day, if even for just a relatively short time; during which I'd like to at least sail around the Americas.

So, with the new ambition step one would be learn to sail I'm planning on taking the sailing class offered at NAS Pensacola this summer but am also looking at doing the ASA 101, 103, 104 certification with "Reef Runner Sailing".

I'd also like to find a sailing mentor (I don't personally know anyone that sails) and I'll need to buy a boat to learn on.

If there is any sailors around, I'd be thankful to chat.
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My wife and I sailed allot in years gone past. We bought a 16' Compac Yacht for about $2800, with a 4 HP kicker. Our friends we bought it from took us out for a 2 hour lesson, and then literally jumped off the boat and swam to shore by the old Rod and Reel Marina. And left us to learn to get it back ourselvies. We loved it.

If you can not make the sail boat go the direction you want, start the engine, and motor the direction you want. Great way to learn.

It is a trailerable day sailer, it draws about 16-18 inches, fixed keel. I could set the mast at the boat ramp and rig it in 15 minutes, and then tear it down in 15 minutes. It is a 6 knot hull, and it is self righting. It is a great learner sailboat, for little money, and they hold their value, so re-sale is great.

Once we learned this one, we then moved to a 36' Beneteau.

In fact, I sold ours for $1000 more than what we paid, in 2004.

All boating is work, in a sailboat, you work while boating, depending in the winds. In a motor vessel you work to earn the money to pay for the fuel.

Here is a link to a comparable sail boat.


http://www.boattrader.com/listing/19...sail-102549017

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Old 02-15-2017, 05:01 PM   #3
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Take a look at the Catalina 22's you can find a lot of them at very good prices and there's several clubs for the 22 and even one over in the Orange Beach area that hosts races and over night club trips. But always remember Tiller Towards Trouble!!!
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Old 02-15-2017, 05:19 PM   #4
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I grew up on power boats, my dad hated sail boats with a passion. But once I got out of the military and working a regular job I got the sailing bug. I did like you did, read everything I could. Then I bought a Southcoast 22. I taught myself to sail. First time out on that boat we sailed 50 miles to get to the marina I was keeping it in. The motor lasted us for the first 5 or six miles then it gave up on us so it was either figure out how to sail the darn thing or hope the current carried us close to shore. Took me and a buddy 3 days to get it that 50 miles but by the time we got to the marina I had the hang of it and actually sailed it right into the slip, dropping sails as we glided it. Let me tell you, in August on the Chesapeake Bay there is NO wind between about 9am and 4pm...

After loosing the mast on a blustery day of hard sailing I retired that boat and got a 26 foot Columbia MKII. Absolutely loved that one. I lived on it for a year. It was very easy to sail and would sail extremely close to the wind. I single handed it many a day spending weekends in my favorite cove away from the hustle and bustle.

Fair warning... once you start sailing you will not be able to get enough of it. Just always remember.. Never give anyone a time you will arrive, just give them a day you will be there.. LOL! I would tell people I would be back to the dock sometime that afternoon or evening..

I had a trailer sailor for a while when we first moved here but it was a pain to set up and we didnt use it as much as I thought we were cause of that. If I could afford another one and afford slip fees, I would have another one now.

Great thing with my Columbia was we would take 2 weeks vacation every year and sail the chesapeake bay. I had a 6 gallon gas tank. After two weeks when I got back to the marina I still had 3 or more gallons left in that tank.
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Nice! Thanks for the replies. I'm gonna check this out this weekend: http://pensacola.craigslist.org/boa/5954725486.html

I'm thinking this has what's needed to get me started. I did consider spending a bit more (10-15k range) and getting something that would satisfy me a bit longer, however at this point it's still an assumption that I'll actually enjoy sailing.


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Volunteer to crew on a races at PYC or NYC. Quickest way to learn.
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Nice! Thanks for the replies. I'm gonna check this out this weekend: http://pensacola.craigslist.org/boa/5954725486.html

I'm thinking this has what's needed to get me started. I did consider spending a bit more (10-15k range) and getting something that would satisfy me a bit longer, however at this point it's still an assumption that I'll actually enjoy sailing.


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Thats a nice one there and would be easy to learn on. Plus it has roller furling which will become your new best friend..
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We did the beginner class at the navy base and had a blast. The first class is about half class half sailing but you do everything yourself. Everyone gets their own sunfish and you go at it.
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I see you are considering sailing lessons at NAS. They have sailboats for rent, so you could rent until you learn a little of what you want in a sail boat. I learned on a sunfish, went to a 23 ft, then to a 37ft. What you plan to do , day sail, overnighters with the family, vacation trips all will determine what type and size.
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Nice! Thanks for the replies. I'm gonna check this out this weekend: http://pensacola.craigslist.org/boa/5954725486.html
Nice looking, I see you are going to need a small outboard for it.

At that price, you can not loose, the resale will be easy, especially if you sell in high boating times
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