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Old 23-09-2012, 11:04   #16
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Re: What was the most important or most interesting ...

the trough seems to have moved south here,thankfully i have a "shed" to do some of the paint work in whilst it is pissing down outside,i spose trolling on cf would not be considered as doing sfa?
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Old 23-09-2012, 11:22   #17
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Old 23-09-2012, 11:25   #18
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i did find this in my thrist for knowledge whilst doing SFA

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Old 23-09-2012, 13:00   #19
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Re: What was the most important or most interesting ...

that planning was a waste of time just decide what to do for the moment
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What was the most important (to you) or most interesting thing you learned your first year sailing, cruising or living aboard?
That it cost a lot more than I thought.

In time, money, sweat and blood.
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Most important must haves:
1 Auto pilot
2. Dodger
3. Bimini (southern cruising)
4. Refrigeration (cold beer)
5. 2 anchor rollers and deck pipes for rode
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Re: What was the most important or most interesting ...

Cruising schedule is dictated by the weather, not the skipper!
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Old 24-09-2012, 18:25   #24
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That you'll never run out of things to learn.

And if you meet someone who knows it all they are more likely to be an idiot.
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first year sailing--age 7-- WATCH THE BOOM. dont have a race to raise gaff throat and peak. learned my first heavy weather sailing tips and how to read paper charts


first year cruising-learned this is awesome way of life. my boat is perfect for the job of cruising and can go anywhere i wish her to go ..... repairs dont have to be pricey. heavy weather is fun. sailing a sloop was not fun in heavy weather.

first year living aboard was 1990..learned is easier than folks make it out to being, but is like pioneering..must have the spirit and ability to think outside a box. must be flexible in thought and body.

I've heard that last part, but only from people who haven't done it ... was that your experience too?
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Re: What was the most important or most interesting ...

This is going to sound really stupid...

but I learned that the canadians measure waves in meters.

I went out with a forecast out of Prince Rupert of 3-5 and thought, I can handle that.

That was my first inside passage, 2003. Great learning experience for a newby boater. 1500 miles on your own through the wilderness.
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