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Old 11-05-2015, 14:49   #1
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Entering the water in California

Hello cruiser forums! My name is Joe. I'm from Riverside CA.
I have been reading here for a couple years, dreaming.
DREAMING OF CRUISING! So I finally did it. I've acquired my first sailboat.
I've purchased a Macgregor venture 21. I'm really excited to get into this thing.
The main goals of this boat for me are going to be simple, learn how to ride the wind, lean how to tack, learn how to anchor, Learn the basics to sailing.
I plan on starting out at the local lake then moving to maybe Newport or something.
The ultimate goal of this boat is going to be overnight trips to Catalina .
I've read about sailing out there and am going to continue to do so.
I look forward to the input from all of the experienced sailors on this site for advise and just to chat. As soon as I figure out how to post pictures up I'll put a bunch up.
I couldn't get a profile pic to upload. Gotta troubleshoot!

Anyways, greetings lady's and gentlemen!
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Old 11-05-2015, 15:51   #2
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Re: Entering the water in California

Welcome to the Family of Crazy Joe!
We started with a MacGregor....which led to a Pearson 365 ketch and cruising, which led to a floating condo Force 50. So you can see how the crack addiction goes!
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Old 11-05-2015, 16:12   #3
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Re: Entering the water in California

That's super exciting! Sailing throughout the California coast is going to be an incredible time. On top of Catalina, there are quite a bit of other activities to check out annually in the ocean.

Right now is a great time to see the whales migrating with their young up the coast to Alaska's Inside Passage... among other wildlife that use the California coast to migrate.

Enjoy your new boat and add images!
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Old 11-05-2015, 16:30   #4
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Re: Entering the water in California

Howdy Joe, and Welcome Aboard!

The FAQ for the forum does have some info on posting.

Cruisers & Sailing Forums - FAQ: Reading and Posting Messages

But, there is another thread with tips (FAQ) posted elsewhere that has more info and tips too. I found it helpful.

Forums 101 - Posting, Accounts, Basics

There are also some "social groups" that are more focused on special interests. I am not a member of those groups, but you should be able to find them if you do some exploring of the forum website, look for "groups."

Cruisers & Sailing Forums - All Groups


Good luck with your new boat and have fun sailing!
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, joefrizzle.
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Old 12-05-2015, 07:13   #6
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Welcome Joe. As a lifelong power boater, I bought my first sailboat, a 1980 MacGregor, and sailed her from Dana Point every chance I could. We spent many weekends sailing from Dana Point to Two Harbors for years. I also sailed out of Newport and Long Beach, but preferred Dana Point. Have a great time. Chuck
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Old 12-05-2015, 07:21   #7
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Re: Entering the water in California

Welcome,

We started out 35 years ago on an O'Day 20 out of Newport Beach, CA. Enjoyed many trips over to Catalina and Huntinton Harbor for the Christmas boat parade. Learned to sail through an Orange Coast college Sailing class, and lived right down the street from the Macgregor factory on Park Drive in Costa Mesa.

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My first boat was a 25 ft. Macgregor. I trailered it to Seattle and sailed it all through the Friday harbor area. Then I and a friend trailered it to Belize and sailed it for 6 weeks down to Guatemala. and back. It was a ball and an easy learning curve. I made 3000 dollars on that boat. Untill you are totally at ease with it, keep that keel Locked down. Mac
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Old 12-05-2015, 10:37   #9
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Thank you very much for the welcome fellas. I will definatly check out those links to those groups and events. But like I said I think I'm going to stick to the lake until I have the cahones to hit the ocean. But the whales, dolphins, seals. That's all the stuff I'm looking to see.
I stood the mast just for the heck of it after I used a hand microscope to check the swages on the rigging. ALL were rust free as deep as I could see in. Eventually I'd like to replace the cables and turnbuckles. I'm going to need to pull it down I believe to "rig" it or what not.
I've been on the dirt my whole life so this is a big change. 5 years ago I got a stand up jet ski. A couple years later I had ten. Now I love the water, but I'm trying to relax.
As for locking the keel down, are you sure it should be done while I'm sailing a lake? I was reading last night and a lot of oeople weresYing to leave it unlocked. Just in case.
I need to look into where to find rigging diagrams. That way I can figure out how to pull these strings. The owners manual is all of 9-10 pages depending on who you download it from. (Very informative )
Other than that she should clean up nice.
Does anyone have any pointers on how I can post pictures from my iphoneit has a button that says add video. Can I add images using that tool?
Thanks again for the welcome!
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Does anyone have any pointers on how I can post pictures from my iphoneit has a button that says add video. Can I add images using that tool?
Thanks again for the welcome!
Use the Go Advanced button if one shows up on your iP. If not use a computer.

Welcome and good luck. We were ALL in your shoes at one time. Nice that most of us can remember...
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Old 15-05-2015, 20:29   #11
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Ok, lets see if I can get these pics to upload. Bare with me. I'll figure this forum stuff out yet.
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Old 15-05-2015, 20:33   #12
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I mean shoot all the decks are even solid!
But will need a good scrubbing
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