Originally Posted by s/v Beth
You also ask in the next post why I would not advocate just going out and doing it. Remember when you bought your boat you had help in the passage
to your home. We are community creatures, we learn well with each others help. And you were learning
on the water
. The ideal situation IMHO. Once you have learned the basics, I see nothing bad about going out on your own. You know the risks, and hopefully you know the weather
and the charts
. But I do not think you are just going out and doing it as a first timer.
You certainly were not learning
Remember I had never sat foot really aboard a sailboat until I bought ours.
Only a fool would set out on a ten day journey, in a completely new to them boat and some of it offshore
without Professional assistance, having never done it themselves.
Believe it or not, but I valued greatly your advice in doing that, and took it to heart and came up with some "bail out plans" for the wife, just in case it became miserable for her. I had done some research
on when and where we could put her ashore for her to fly home if needed. That is exactly the point, if I had not been here on CF, and you had not taken the time to give me that very valuable advice, It's very unlikely that I would have thought to have done that, so I learned on CF.
But, that was the only time I've had a professional aboard, since then we have been learning to crawl, maybe doing a little walking, but are a long way from running. But it will come, give it time.
I've gleaned quite a lot from CF, some garbage of course, but usually it's not too hard to discern that, but especially on determining essential equipment
like radios, AIS
transponders, energy management, Solar
, etc., etc. it's been very valuable.
Of course caveat emptor, but using the experienced Captain
as an example, here online there are in theory hundreds of experienced brains to pick, on almost any subject, heck even how to finance your cruise
Yes even sailing. I do participate on many threads, especially ones about engines and things I have experience with, but the sailing threads I monitor
and try to learn. I think I've picked up some hints. Quite honestly a lot of it is simply over my head
, I'm like a pig looking at a wrist watch, but most I can figure out.
I think it's important to have a VERY healthy respect for weather
and just how powerful the forces of Mother Nature are.
But, I think "just go for it" is if there is some common sense involved with it is actually a viable way to learn, you just have to have enough sense to understand your a novice
, with novice
skills and act accordingly is all.
Truthfully I taught myself how to swim, ride a bicycle, drive, ride a motorcycle, water
ski, weld, shoot, composites, mechanics, most of my skills. I've gotten all kinds of broken bones and scars to show for it too.
It may not be acceptable today, we are supposed to take classes
for everything now, but silly as it is, I take a little pride in teaching myself how to do things.
Trick is you have to understand your limits, and understand the possible consequences of exceeding those limits
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