I am a bit of a rookie when it comes to sailing. I am a private pilot with a night rating and I have taken the knowledge from flying over to sailing. In fact I went to the west coast
and had the opportunity to take a 40ft sailboat out for about 5 hours with a great instructor from Cooper
Boats who allowed me to just play with a few of my ideas, ie sailing with flying in mind! Thus I was able to get this vessel moving, up to about 6 knots and learned to Tack and Gybe. I found this experience most rewarding. Played bowman for a while and then helmsman also. Very fun. Thus I have returned back to Edmonton and my wife and I have since taken and passed several courses in sailing. Restricted radio
, offshore navigation
, celestial navigation
and basic cruising.
Now for the area I need advice in, I am currently interested in sailing everything. I want to try sailing small boats such as dingy sailing and maybe laser type sailboats. I like the notion of having my hands on the lines to feel these small boats under my fingertips. I might even like to have a go at racing
one also. As for a permanent boat, I would like to find something that is trailer able, retractable keel
, easy to tow, perhaps something like a j-22 or a Catalina
22-24 etc. something that sails
well that I could race
if I wanted to, and yet I may be able to stay overnight on a few nights if I wish. It does not seem practical that you could also ask for something ocean worthy as well!?! I am a voracious study and will likely have all of the licensing and paperwork in order as I will return to the coast for a few weeks of training in the spring. I have a huge desire to play on blue water
and love the idea of sailing to Hawaii
. I have purchased multiple items and have put together a great ditch bag. Garmin
78sc, portable VHF radio
, A rather expensive Sextant
etc. safety gear
, flares and so on.
Thus, my plans are to sail in the ocean in spring, then spend a few months of summer sailing in fresh water
and returning to the ocean again in the fall. At least that is the plan this far.
What am I missing?
Am I on the right track?
Suggestions? Besides, months of water time to gain experience....
Should I just buy a little boat and spend the summer playing in the weather
Call me nuts, but I even built a small sailboat on wheels, put together a bunch of fans and have spent countless nights playing with different sail configurations, charting speeds etc as I am a bit of a math and astronomy nut. Tons of fun though....
I look forward to any assistance/advice that anyone may have. Thanks in advance and take care.
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