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Old 09-10-2015, 12:24   #16
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I recommend STEEL hulls. The oceans are floating debris containers. Stuff that will just bump against a steel hull, will put a hole through a fiberglass one. I would never sail off shore in a fiberglas hulled boat.
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Old 09-10-2015, 12:45   #17
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Thank you everyone for your comments. There truly are some wonderful people here (and on the sea obviously).



Category4jay - Good advice, for sure. Thankfully, I'm happily single.



Time2Go - Yes, Bev was our instructor. She's great and really knows her stuff. Yep, sure did learn about back-filling the jib. She's such a laid back, easy going skipper.



You came a fair distance to get your coastal skipper. LOL One of my sisters used to live in Portland, Maine, (you mentioned NE US) and her and her boyfriend used to deliver rich people's sailboats from Maine to Florida about this time of year, and then take them back up to Maine in the summer.



Does anyone else get bad land-sickness? I was fine on the boat, never had an issue, even in the slightest, with motion sickness. Above deck, below deck, absolutely fine. Got back on land and the troubles began.



The world swayed from when I got back on Friday until the following Thursday. There were times I had to lay down and have a nap, or get in my car and take a drive. I wasn't eating as much (a good thing), and couldn't sit at my computer for more than thirty minutes before the screens would rock so bad I had to get up.



It eventually faded and the ground seems normal now. I think the only obvious solution is to get on a boat, and stay there.



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My wife gets that sometimes and finds that Bonine works for her after sailing, so does an essential oil product called Motion Ease.



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Old 09-10-2015, 12:51   #18
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It's a grand life on the sea. more power to ya "sailor"
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Old 09-10-2015, 14:10   #19
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Which workbook did you get?

I bought 'Navigation Exercises by Chris Slade
RYA Navigation Exercises: Amazon.co.uk: Chris Slade, Kevin Slater: 9781905104185: Books

And a Portland Course Plotter
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B...ilpage_o01_s00
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My wife gets that sometimes and finds that Bonine works for her after sailing, so does an essential oil product called Motion Ease.



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Oh, thanks for that. I'll get some before sailing again.
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My wife gets that sometimes and finds that Bonine works for her after sailing, so does an essential oil product called Motion Ease.

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Where do you buy "Motion Ease"?
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Hi Moxie
I used the same book to practice in advance of going over
for my Coastal Skipper, However I already knew 90% of the material.
I think you will find it harder than it should be to learn by using this book
Years ago I purchased a course which I highly recommend
From Boatsafe.com called Coastal Navigation. I think it was about 75.00 US
Very well laid out and each chapter built on the one before.
Of course Shearwater runs many theory courses over the winter
which might be good also.
Next summer do a trip with Bev over to Belguim and France if you
still love sailing after two channel crossings you are truly doomed
Welcome in advance
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Where do you buy "Motion Ease"?

West Marine has it. So do many drug stores.


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Sailing is fun, and willful learning is a joy!
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Congratulations! You definitely have the sailing bug and a pretty severe case at that.
If anyone is offering advice on what boat to buy I'd recommend for a first boat buying the most common model you see in local marinas. They will have loads of support, many people offering advice and keep their value. An unusual custom boat might be cheap but when you sell you'll have to advertise it for cheaper.
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Where do you buy "Motion Ease"?

It doesn't appear to be available in the UK. We bought some by mail order from the US, but haven't tried it yet.


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fiberglass boats are a dime a dozen, spend time sailing, Not working.!!!!! ---sv raggedy ann
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Hi Moxie,
Congratulations, you've done all the right things, in my opinion, right down to the book of excercises and the resolve to do winter courses. Think about doing the Theory Course. Forget Day Skipper, go straight to Coastal Skipper.
As both a cruising skipper and a keelboat instructor (in the Irish Sailing Association), I would recommend that you continue to do practical cruising courses, as well as getting experience crewing on OPBs, and also fit in some keelboat courses, where you will learn more about boat handling and boat/sail trim than you might do on bigger boats.
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That's good advice SpiritofGlenans, and pretty close to my plans.

I'm going to apply my IT skills and help the school I'm sailing with revamp their website in exchange for some free courses - win/win.

I'm also going to do some dinghy sailing next year, as everyone says that's a great way to get a feel for the wind.

Am already making good contacts in the local sailing community, and will do a lot of crewing next year. Want to sail on as many different boats, with different skippers and different instructors (when taking a course) as I can.

Hadn't thought about skipping day skipper and going straight to coastal skipper. From what people have said of my natural skills, it makes sense. And if I'm supplementing with time in OPBs, then all the better.

Has been just over 2 weeks back in land, and seriously missing the water. It's all I'm thinking about these days.

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That's good advice SpiritofGlenans, and pretty close to my plans.

I'm going to apply my IT skills and help the school I'm sailing with revamp their website in exchange for some free courses - win/win.

I'm also going to do some dinghy sailing next year, as everyone says that's a great way to get a feel for the wind.

Am already making good contacts in the local sailing community, and will do a lot of crewing next year. Want to sail on as many different boats, with different skippers and different instructors (when taking a course) as I can.

Hadn't thought about skipping day skipper and going straight to coastal skipper. From what people have said of my natural skills, it makes sense. And if I'm supplementing with time in OPBs, then all the better.

Has been just over 2 weeks back in land, and seriously missing the water. It's all I'm thinking about these days.

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Aloha Sailor,

I'm really happy about your plans because buying a boat at this time in your sailing career is a bit premature. I don't know if you mentioned you were looking to purchase or it was another poster here. You are following the right path in my point of view.
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