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Old 08-02-2015, 16:58   #556
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Re: Attempted Trip to Bermuda

OMG!!! I absolutely love this post! Thank you so much for writing it! I'm basically a newbie too and am hoping to buy a boat and set sail in the next 1-2 yrs with my family. Reading this doesn't scare me off at all, I think it makes me want to get out there even more. I'll definitely do my homework and start learning as much as possible before the big trip. Thanks again!

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Old 08-02-2015, 22:29   #557
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You can learn a lot from BO's adventure/misadventures. I think the biggest lesson is that perseverance can get you through a lot of stuff, and panic complicates things that generally have a simple solution.

Oh, and taking things in baby steps at first, flattening out the learning curve, makes things easier. It's pretty tough to just buy a boat, jug of water, pack of baloney and loaf of wonder bread and just sail away cold.

If u start out with a little daysailer that u can pull around on a trailer, and make your mistakes within an hour or two sail from the dock, you will probably save a lot of grief and expense. Try not to be a poster boy for Sea Tow!

One final word regarding getting home when everything else fails...

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OMG!!! I absolutely love this post! Thank you so much for writing it! I'm basically a newbie too and am hoping to buy a boat and set sail in the next 1-2 yrs with my family. Reading this doesn't scare me off at all, I think it makes me want to get out there even more. I'll definitely do my homework and start learning as much as possible before the big trip. Thanks again!

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Old 09-02-2015, 09:14   #558
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Great Read bought my new to me boat late last fall First sailboat 35' planning to sail this summer on lake huron for some pratice and then coastal cruising after I retire Some gret lessons to be learned.
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Re: Attempted Trip to Bermuda

A current CF post linked to this thread and I just finished it, took 3 days and Im sad to see it end but hoping to see him back on the water with new tales of his misadventures, adventures and destinations. I must admit its been my favorite so far and BO definitely has a flair for writing. This thread had given me a if he can do it so can we attitude.
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This is my favorite thread on Cruisers Forum. It's a joy to read.
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A current CF post linked to this thread and I just finished it, took 3 days and Im sad to see it end but hoping to see him back on the water with new tales of his misadventures, adventures and destinations. I must admit its been my favorite so far and BO definitely has a flair for writing. This thread had given me a if he can do it so can we attitude.
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I'm glad it has encouraged you, SSgtPitt. One difference seems to be that you already know the 6 P's. It is just that it's hard to plan well when you don't know what you don't know.

If you reflect back on this thread, a few of the things that stand out for me were the advice to learn about anchors and anchoring, and kedging; learning about piloting, learning about what kinds of equipment can help you with piloting and navigation; and learning to enjoy the slow, at peace feeling that comes from sailing without the engine on, and you can troll for those fish while you're underway. Having a functioning autopilot helps a singlehander a lot, and I think having a dodger does, too.

I'll be delighted if BlackOak ever returns here, and your adventures may just supplant his. One never knows.

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Just read the majority of this.

He lived in this thread like so many of us wish we could. When he makes it to the Pearly Gates, St Peter is going to ask him to tell the part again about how he found religion that first trip.

Epic journey. Epic personality.

Loved it.
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LOL!!!
Cool. I enjoyed that.
I think you are learning. What you need to learn next is the difference difference between , lets say "daring" and lets say "dangerous".
Two very different things.
Good luck,
you'll get there...... Probably.
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Just read the majority of this.

He lived in this thread like so many of us wish we could. When he makes it to the Pearly Gates, St Peter is going to ask him to tell the part again about how he found religion that first trip.

Epic journey. Epic personality.

Loved it.
One of my favorite threads on CF ever.
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