Originally Posted by Eeyore0072
I don't think we have anyone in the Kincardine area that lives aboard during the winter. I'm thinking that I would likely store the boat during the off season and rent an apartment. But at least I'd be able to enjoy life aboard during the summer and then develop my sailing skills for when I am ready to sail off shore
If you get going now, and sail every chance you get, and by that I mean maybe even every other weekend, in ten years you may well have the skills to sail anywhere you want.
But if you wait until summer until start sailing, and go out four or five times a year as many casual sailors do, you'll still be a beginner in ten years. You clearly have the interest. If you have the *drive* to start making this happen, it can happen.
But the fact about newer sailors is that they don't know what they don't know. Just to give you an example, my club uses littl 16.5' Catalinas to teach people to sail. They're great little boats -- if the wind
is around 15 mph or less. At 15 mph you'd better have to HEAVY people in the boat who know what they're doing, when and where to move, etc. At 20 mph, they will be overpowered no matter who is on them. When they're overpowered, they don't point up well. Overpowered, they are in fact dangerous.
Most of the time when the weather
rises like that here, the wind
is from the North, and you have to sail north to get back to our marina. It requires sharp, tight, repeated, rapid tacks to get up the canal. At some point it simply can't be done, no matter how much experience you have. Just can't be done. People with less experience end up not only in the sheltered marina but aground on the shallow spots to both sides of the entrance.
But we still see people wanting to take the boats out when the winds are 20 mph from the north. They just don't know what they don't know -- and having it all go wrong doesn't teach them what they *should* have done.
Time over water, Eeyore. Time over water. Start gathering it up any way you can. Even going out on a power boat
will be of some use because the wind affects them docking
, and you can learn a lot about handling lines.
And, they don't know why.