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Old 04-10-2010, 09:38   #1
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Hi guys! I couldn't believe my good fortune when I stumbled on this forum... I'm a total sailing n00b (22 y/o male from Ohio), and there's SO MUCH good info here for me to digest.... hence the days of lurking before taking the plunge & signing up.

I'll keep this intro short - I have a loooooong "What do I do / please help me" post coming up, and I don't want to ramble here haha.

Anyway, thanks for having me!
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Old 04-10-2010, 13:02   #2
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, omdufro.

We were all once FNGs.
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Old 04-10-2010, 13:10   #3
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Hey, thanks! Hahaha if I have my way, I'll be getting my sea legs ASAP!
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Old 04-10-2010, 13:21   #4
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Dear FNG,
Where in Ohio? My wife and I sailed on Rocky Fork Lake (6mi long 3/4mi wide) in southern ohio for years. Then we retired to a Pearson 365 and have lived aboard for8 years. We both have 100 ton masters tickets and work on the water.
The moral of this story is:
get a sailboat (size doesn't matter)
sail it
get a bigger boat (size matters now)
live on it and sail it.

You'll still be the FNG..... but you'll be the FNG with a great tan and a big smile
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Old 04-10-2010, 13:31   #5
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No way! That's awesome. I've spent many happy days on Rocky Fork lake (and a whole bunch of others!). I live in Adams County, smack in the middle of nowhere haha.

I plan on sailing as often as possible! I'm shooting for next spring as the timeframe for my lessons / ASA certs., and I'll be saving for a boat in the meantime. Right now, I'm looking at the West Wight Potter 19. $20k is a nice chunk of change, but I keep telling myself that 7 months of saving time and getting a house + transportation + the Jack Sparrow-esque ability to wander wherever I please makes it a good deal haha.

(I'm also open to buying a RELIABLE used boat - I just don't want to sink in the middle of the ocean haha).

Any advice, stories, etc. you have is much appreciated!

-Jake

P.S.: Are you from Ohio originally, or did you just stumble upon RFL one day?
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Old 04-10-2010, 13:48   #6
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Hi Jake,
Yep...born & raised in Deer Park Ohio (a cincinnati suburb).

For less that $20k you can get a really nice used Catalina 22 with trailer (a C22 was our first boat). Those inland lake boats really don't age much so a 20+ year old boat is still a good buy. Check out the guys at Strictly Sail in Kenwood Ohio (another suburb of Cincy). They're good folk and they know their stuff.
take care,
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Old 04-10-2010, 14:09   #7
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What a great site! I found a Catalina for about $9000! I don't think it comes with everything I'd need, but I could use the extra to put that into the boat.

Thanks for the nudge in the right direction!

*EDIT* It occurred to me that I might have sounded snobbish.... by "everything I'd need", I meant rigging and stuff, which I couldn't be certain was included. As long-time liveaboards, what would you say is absolutely necessary equipment? (radio(s), EPIRB, stove, etc). I'd be happy living on MREs until I hit a port for a bite of local cuisine, but you're the experts!

Thanks, Steve!
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Aloha Funny New Guy!
You can get a Catalina 22 for $3K now if you do some shopping.
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