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Old 13-04-2010, 12:37   #61
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To start with, a good boat, a fair set of sails, and decent ground tackle.. the rest is just extras.. if crossing oceans, a sexton... and then only if you care wher you are..
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Old 13-04-2010, 13:25   #62
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Having read over this thread, and not being terribly experienced, I offer the following small comment:

It is amazing how much there is to learn about sailing.

My wife and I just completed an ASA 103/104 sailing class after about 8 months of very frequent lake sailing and one charter. Living on a boat for 6 days and taking the class did not make us knowledgeable sailors. It made us capable of the basics and showed us how much there is to learn. While the 4 grand or so needed for both of you to complete this course will reduce your cruising budget, the knowledge you gain will likely save you more money, and time, in the long run.

You don't know what you don't know until you find out. Perhaps it would be good to find out with an instructor in controlled conditions rather than alone offshore.
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"if crossing oceans, a sexton... "
A sexton is only needed if your boat is so large that you're carrying a church and graveyard onboard, and need the full-time staff to look after them. (VBG)
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Old 14-04-2010, 08:06   #64
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"if crossing oceans, a sexton... "
A sexton is only needed if your boat is so large that you're carrying a church and graveyard onboard, and need the full-time staff to look after them. (VBG)
Sextant, better?
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