I'm new to the CF.
I searching all the posts for words like 'sunk', 'panic' and 'newbie' as I am learning
a lot from everyone here reading the posts. I've sailed mostly on land bound lakes, our largest is only 5 miles wide by 25 miles long, but plenty deep enough to lose your life and your boat.
I started sailing in the 80's with a 15 ft day sailor. I'm more or less self-taught, but I did get with other sailors early on. They have taught me quite a bit. I learned to reef, anchor
and come up to docks without a motor
, just my sails
and occasionally an oar.
In the 90's I got a 26'f clipper marine
and sailed mostly on my home lakes, racing
against other cruisers. On occasion we would trailer the boat to Galveston Bay and vacation
at Clear Lake
, sailing on the Bay.
I guess that got me hooked to sailing as a target for retirement
. My plan to to eventually retire on a boat and simply do some coastal and ocean cruising, So, I have started by reading the posts from BlackOak, sv Serenity, and that SAR thread about Ken who was found on the coast of Cuba
. I guess, I have more than average sailing/racing experience, as I have repaired my own sails
, worked on outboard
engines, and re rigged my boat, and am proficient with fiberglass
when I needed it. But I am newbie when it comes to preparing for extended open ocean sailing.
I learned here that perhaps a life raft with a well equipped ditch bag would be helpful. Also a SSB
have proven to be very useful. I guess it didn't hurt to have some extra stocked igloo ice-chests for crew and guests to refresh themselves until USCG got there.
I am probably 4 years away from retirement
. I will be reading all the articles on the best boat to buy, all the courses available to hone my skills and will be putting myself on crew available
lists when I have some vacation
time. I guess I am on the side on the group that methodically puts together a plan, rather than simply putting my boat in at Galveston and heading out to the Caribbean
Just wanted to introduce myself, and say that I am enjoying this forum, although some of the threads are a long read.