Hi Scarlet, great to see your enthusiasm and also to learn of your plans as a couple. A great team on land can make a great team on the water
, so the complementarity can really pay off. 4'13" is a clever way to say you're short, I think most of us got that - and you'll be fine! It is always nice to see a wife helping to drive the process, asking questions on forums
, taking the classes
about the things that matter, and overall taking an active role in boat selection.
And we need more girls here. My wife is pretty disinterested in sailing overall, but loves cruising, and the water
, freedom, etc. But I basically singlehand the boat and she rides along. Which is fine, but all the better that you are interested in developing your seamanship. She has picked up important stuff along the way, but prefers to not take an active role.
I want to echo the comments about mastering piloting skills. I don't know the ASA
number, and I took Piloting and Advanced Piloting many years ago with the USPS. Look for a power squadron in your area, they may offer some of these classes
. They are affordable, and generally well taught, with good materials.
If you master piloting skills (basically coastal navigation), you will avoid much of the trouble new boaters have, and will be confident and prepared when your electronics
fail. I have had my chartplotter
fail on several occasions, and I know for a fact that many would just stay tied to the dock
, not having the confidence to push on without. Last summer I lost
my chartplotter singlehanding
on the chesapeake, in a gale, overnight. There I was, by myself at the helm
, in conditions that overpowered the autopilot
and with no monitor
installed yet. High winds make paper charts
very difficult in the cockpit
, and a lack of discipline and focus can easily shred them or send it overboard
. Knowing how to read charts
allows you to effectively use the aids to navigation
(ATONs) and also plot positions. If you are serving as mate, it will be a really valuable skill. Many here do not feel that paper charts are necessary, will be interesting to see what your ASA instructors position is.
Happy Holidays, and best of luck with your adventure. Sure enough, check out US Sail and Power Squadron classes in your area, and you may also meet other sailors.