Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on Cruisers Forums. Advertise Here
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 06-07-2019, 15:48   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Rahleigh, NC
Boat: Catalina 30
Posts: 11
New boat and stuck at the dock in NC

I have my first ever boat, other than a jet ski 20 something years ago, she's a Catalina 30. I have a few hours on a sunfish and a few more on a Flying Scot. I have no doubt that I can get a boat to move about the water under sail. I also know that I am going to mess things up because, well, that's what newbies do. I have taken the ASA 101.

I also recently moved to NC from TX and don't know anyone, so asking a friend isn't an option. I live 120 miles from the boat, so asking the folks at the Wednesday night races isn't an option, I have a common 8-5 M-F.

A bit of background. I have restored 3 classic cars and renovated two houses, so I am rather handy. In a former life, I was a long haul trucker, so this isn't the largest and heaviest vehicle that I have managed. I have a private pilot license with a glider endorsement, so I understand wind an current. I also understand that it will be different, and some experience is needed.

So what has me stuck at the dock? I don't know if my boat is legal. Do I have the right fire extinguishers? Placards? Something I am unaware of? How do I know when to empty my tanks? My halyards are wrapped around the shrouds. Is this a common way to keep them from banging against the mast, or is this a hell no, fix that? That little spinny bit over there, you want to sprinkle ground up unicorn husk on it every 6 months, else it will cost you $1500.

I asked at the marina and was told docking is easy, just take it slow, the pumpout cart is behind the bathouse.

How do I go about finding someone who will spend a few hours with me to go over the basics of beyond how to sail?

The boat is in Washington, NC.
Uturn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2019, 16:42   #2
Registered User

Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 668
Re: New boat and stuck at the dock in NC

geoleo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2019, 17:05   #3
Registered User

Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Southern Calif.
Posts: 576
Re: New boat and stuck at the dock in NC

Here's a link to a virtual CG safety inspection, if you pass call your local CG Auxilary about a free vessel safety check. If your inspector isn't a sailor he still probably knows lots of locals, he might be able to advise on local clubs or groups. An ASA school probably can give you a 4 hour private lesson on motoring and docking, if they have a much bigger boat do it on that, than your boat will be like driving a Honda.
Online Virtual Vessel Safety Check
Calif.Ted is offline   Reply With Quote

boat, dock

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Dock to Dock Auto Routing RobD527 General Sailing Forum 0 07-02-2018 04:47
Jefa rack and pinion issue - stuck at dock marty9876 General Sailing Forum 0 15-07-2017 07:53
Navionics Dock-to-Dock Autorouting Boathooked Marine Electronics 7 11-02-2016 18:45
For Sale: Dock and Buoy Hooks for use on Boat Hook by Larsons Enterprises Continuing Classifieds Archive 1 12-08-2014 10:16
Free boat and dock tropicalescape Powered Boats 6 17-08-2013 10:35

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 00:17.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.