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Old 24-01-2016, 09:58   #46
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Re: New Member - First Question

The thought of having your boat that close to where you live would be a dream come true for most of us. I would encourage you both to be more concerned about finding a boat that fits your boating desires. As a complete sailing novice, I took my first sailing lesson a little over three years ago. Two months later we bought a Gemini 105 and really got our adventure going. We spent 2 years sailing on Harrison lake and last summer we shared out time between Desolation Sound and the Gulf Islands. Remember, the Captain (I consider myself the helmsman) must be comfortable and be having a good time if you want to get out there on a regular basis. For us, comfort in the evening was as important as comfort when under way. The two of you will have to decide what will fit your needs. Walking the docks during sailing season, you should be able to find lots of people wanting to talk about their boats and adventures.
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Old 25-01-2016, 09:47   #47
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Re: New Member - First Question

Guys!

With an 18" draft and 18" mean low water, unless the area is very protected, waves will pound the snot out of anything but a canoe or 12 foot aluminum.

I was a trailer sailor for the first 12 years of sailing life, (first boat had 12" draft, second 15", and would never consider purchasing a slip with only 18" of water, unless to hold a 6" draft dinghy to go out to the sailboat on a mooring.
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Old 26-01-2016, 00:55   #48
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Guys!

With an 18" draft and 18" mean low water, unless the area is very protected, waves will pound the snot out of anything but a canoe or 12 foot aluminum.

I was a trailer sailor for the first 12 years of sailing life, (first boat had 12" draft, second 15", and would never consider purchasing a slip with only 18" of water, unless to hold a 6" draft dinghy to go out to the sailboat on a mooring.
Even at 10-12" draft, a storm could easily pound the boat on the bottom.
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