Originally Posted by elf
I figured I would get rid of the "you've never posted here" banner by posting! In short, my husband and I are just testing the sailing waters. We are 45 (me) and nearly 53 (him), and our sailing experience consists of the "Learn to Sail" (Basic Keelboat) US Sailing certification
, a couple of day sails
by ourselves on 19-22' monohulls at the Bitter End Yacht Club, and a few times out on Hobie Cats (including a few capsizes - oops!) We are going down to Key Largo
soon and will have use of a 22' boat for five days so are looking forward to getting more practice then. We would eventually like to buy our own boat (currently intrigued by cats) and do some cruising, but we are coming to sailing (and boating
in general) rather late in life.
Is it too late? Does everyone here have 20, 30, 40 years of experience sailing, or is it possible to learn this skill later in life and sail off into your golden years?!
Thanks, and I look forward to learning
from you all!
Hey, Elf, It's never too late. We plan to sail off in a couple of years when the youngest is finished highschool.
I have, what, 6-7 years of sailing experience. Started on a "tub" on a local lake, graduated to a 22 MacGregor
, and then along the way we picked up some other smaller boats for our 1/2 mile away lake. The current
count is 6, I think, which includes an 8foot piece of styrofoam, an 8 foot sailing/rowing dinghy
, an 10-11 foot hard shell "leaf and handkerchief", a 14 foot racing sloop
for the lake, the 26 foot MacGregor
, and now the 39 foot O'day. We never get new boats.
I like sailing in small dinghies because #1 I am in control, and #2 if I capsize
, it's not far to fall, and #3 it's a great way to learn how to control the sails and tiller and get immediate feedback.
The bigger boats are much more stable, and there's less fear of capsizing. On the other hand, I still need to get accustomed to how much heel I feel comfortable with on each boat, and part of that comes from understanding what each boat is capable of .
This past summer, I took a friend out on her 12 foot sailboat on our lake, and we had a lot of fun learning together. I'm coming to the conclusion that it's like driving: the more you do it, the more you understand what you need to do to do it safely and well. And I'm always pushing myself just a little bit each time to attempt something I haven't done before (the day the wind
was blowing 25 knots and I had no choice but to go along was not my idea of fun, but I did it, and survived, and learned how well our O'day can handle in those conditions, which all serves to increase my confidence.)