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Old 07-06-2007, 21:45   #1
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Ahoy there! permission to come aboard?

Hi Sailors,

The bug to sail is really starting to bite, would that be a sea slug? can they crawl in the bunk with you? I keep looking at boats with no idea of what I am looking at but being a land lubber I like what I see.

The thrill of salt water splashing off my face and the cool breeze on my skin is what I remember of the one time I went sailing in Subic Bay, Phillipines. That was almost 30 years ago and in what was a dingy from what I can recall, the ice chest taking up most of the deck. I was feeling my sea legs by the time that ice chest was empty.

I wish to pursue sailing and of course wish to keep my costs down and eventually buy a boat. I am looking at sailing courses and have looked at the ASA and US Sailing. Both have schools here on the left coast of America, but was wondering if the costs are worth it? I am about 120 miles or 193.121 km East of San Franciso. How did you learn to sail? Any suggestions on books to learn from? Would you throw some books overboard to me?

Take care mates and hope some day to drop anchor in the same port your at. Well as long as I can bring my wife and kids too, of course.


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Old 08-06-2007, 18:54   #2
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Carefull you will end up stalking up and down jetties with a glazed look in your eyes, muttering somthing like "rollerfurlingcompanionwayspringerbentonstanchionb earing......."

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Old 08-06-2007, 21:42   #3
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Aloha Paul,
Welcome aboard!! Good to have you here. The boats I used to sail in Subic were Columbia 21s (open boat with no cabin) and Flying Scott 19s even smaller. We used to go from the Navy marina to Gaine's Beach or Grande Island. What a fun time!!. That was the early 80s.
I recommend the book "Start Sailing Right" for all beginners. "Royce's Sailing Illustrated" is a lot thicker but good reading too.
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Old 08-06-2007, 22:05   #4
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Back in my younger days I recall climbing into the bunk with a mermaid, and waking up with a sea slug, but I do not recall any sea slugs climbing in on their own.
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That would put you around Modesto or Stockton. Easy access to the Delta. Great place to play on a boat. Even a sail boat. You will learn quickly how to reef and how to tack in a narrow channel. Lots of slips out there as well.
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Welcome aboard cruisersforum Paul.

Yeah the Delta is a great place to have for a home port.

I plan on having my home port somewhere in the Delta in the near future.

So when ever I do move to that area. you are more than welcome to drop by for a few cold ones.


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