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Old 10-11-2012, 11:35   #1
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Hello from central Florida

Just checking into the forum. I hope this will help me find like minded people and a good way to learn about sailing and cruising. I'm wanting to learn some navigational basics and apply them to my voyages.
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Old 10-11-2012, 15:41   #2
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Welcome, I used to live Bradenton. SW FL is a great cruising ground. Lots of schools in FL too for learning navigation.
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Old 11-11-2012, 05:33   #3
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Welcome, I used to live Bradenton. SW FL is a great cruising ground. Lots of schools in FL too for learning navigation.
Thanks for responding. I am on the East coast near Cape Canaveral. It is very early in my learning, but I am sailing every week locally. It is a lot to learn, but I am certainly enjoying myself.
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Old 11-11-2012, 06:12   #4
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Re: Hello from central Florida

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, nanofella.

You might be interested in this free on-line nav’ course
Advanced navigation courses - sailing schools Greece and the Greek islands
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:26   #6
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Thanks for responding. I am on the East coast near Cape Canaveral. It is very early in my learning, but I am sailing every week locally. It is a lot to learn, but I am certainly enjoying myself.
Great! That is the best way to learn -- get out there and do. Combine that with some formal training and it will shorten your learning curve.

Curious about your user name "nanofella". Does that mean you are a really tiny guy or you work with nano-tech? Or maybe both?
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Old 15-11-2012, 06:47   #7
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Nanofella is the just a screen name, but I do tend to have a small view of the world.
I have not been able to open the Navigation schools link yet. I'll keep trying. Thanks..
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Old 15-11-2012, 07:07   #8
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Welcome to the CF from a former Floridian (P'cola/FWB).

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Re: Hello from central Florida

Hello from Landlocked Gainesville FL.

My recommendation based on what worked for me is to combine reading with real world experience. I had never been sailing in my life and caught the bug when I went out with a couple of friends. Came home and started reading everything I could find about boats, sailing and navigation but the majority of it made little sense. Then got a chance to crew on a delivery and all the stuff I had read started falling into place.

So came home, read some more, sailed some more and it came together.

I'm sure the local library will have a pretty good selection of books on all aspects of boating. You can also find courses online at various places. Try United States Power Squadrons® Safe boating fun thru education. They also offer classes in many locations around the US, definitely in FL.
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Welcome to the forum. I was down that way last year to watch the second to last Shuttle launch.
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Hi there, Im in Orlando... ICW is a good place to learn in your area.
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Welcome from SW FL
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
Good to have you here.
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Re: Hello from central Florida

Nanofellla,
I am located on Merritt Island, pm me if you want to help sail a heavy old boat, the way the wind has been blowing this week all we can do is head south and motor back in the ICW. Welcome to CF you will meet a lot of friendly sailors here...
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