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Old 24-03-2013, 16:22   #1
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Wana be a sailor!!

So I'm signed up and taking my yachting association basic cruising standard 5 day sailing course in the Vancouver coast. Can anybody tell me what to do after that should I be volunteering on some other boats or renting one? Please advise?
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Old 24-03-2013, 16:52   #2
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Re: Wana be a sailor!!

My suggestion is start chartering. After ASA 101, 103 & 104, we chartered with some friends joining us and worked our way up to larger boats. We chartered from Blue Pacific on Granville Island in Vancouver and they are very good to work with. From there we've gone to the Sea of Cortez and the Caribbean. If you can't find enough willing friends to share costs with maybe you could join a sailing club where you can gain experience.

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Old 24-03-2013, 16:54   #3
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Re: Wana be a sailor!!

Complete a bare-boat chartering class, with hands-on sailing experience. After that, volunteer as a crew by listing yourself on several marinas' boards. In a few months of hands-on sailing, try chartering with someone who has been sailing for a while longer. Every time you charter, try a different make/design boat. Eventually, you will have a basic idea of what you'd like to have in your future purchase. Sail away! Mauritz
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Old 24-03-2013, 17:04   #4
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Join a yacht club, like the Jib Set, or False Creek Yacht Club, or join a sailing co-op like the Barnet Club, which owns and operates a fleet of Cal 27s kept in town and along the BC coast. BTW, if you want to join us for an evening at the FCYC, shoot me a PM, and you are welcome to come by the facility as my guest. We are the place directly across from Granville Island.
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Old 26-03-2013, 10:19   #5
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Well now...
I am heading to Alaska next month and have room for another if all goes well on some of the legs.
I will be looking for another crewmemebr to go from Juneau to the Straits of Juan De Fuca 18 July - about 2 August this year.
Contact me if you get a whim to maybe join up with me.
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Old 26-03-2013, 15:39   #6
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Well now...
I am heading to Alaska next month and have room for another if all goes well on some of the legs.
I will be looking for another crewmemebr to go from Juneau to the Straits of Juan De Fuca 18 July - about 2 August this year.
Contact me if you get a whim to maybe join up with me.
Thank that would be awsome, but unfortunately for me I am just starting construction on two new homes that will have me working long hours from now till November. After that I'm hoping to rent a boat in the Bahamas area to log some time and miles, not to mention avoid the cold. Cheers!
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Old 08-04-2013, 19:15   #8
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Buy, borrow, rent, a good small boat like a Soling and learn the wind.
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Old 08-04-2013, 19:46   #9
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Coriolis will be sailing all summer out of Horseshoe Bay,Whlieh, PM me if you want some sail hours
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Old 08-04-2013, 19:49   #10
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Wanna be a sailor, eh??

Enjoy yourself, and don't let the threat of immaturity bog you down!

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Old 08-04-2013, 19:53   #11
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I bought a 22ft catalina for $2k...took me some time but I just made sure it was sea worthy...which it was. After a few years on her, and a better job, I was able to move up. After your classes, read read read read....Sailing for dummies, the long way.....there are so many stories, and the history is part of the joy. Cheers!
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, DubeJ.
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Me to mate... damn lessons are taking forever...
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Read me entry post if you want to go about it the wrong way. Otherwise, happy sailing. I have a cat 22 on a lake with winds only a harpie could love but wouldnt trade it for anything.
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other things to do?..

In addition to the ability to sail you need to ...drink too much, talk to yourself, grow a beard, give your money to charity, scour the web for hours connected at dialup speeds looking for things that have not been made in 20 years. Remember when they DID make them, get sunburn, kick hard things barefoot, treat anchoring like a religion. ditto for charging and water usage.

and yes, all in jest.....
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