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Old 31-12-2018, 11:14   #1
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Hello from Northern VA

Hello all .. love the community! New to sailing, but not boating, here.

Been on the great lakes, many of the lakes in the KY / TN area (cumberland, dale hollow, laurel), and kayaking / rafting (tubing lol) rivers all my life ... and have a profound respect for the power of water and weather because of it. Ive piloted powered boats of all sizes, but never under power of wind. Not going to lie, the thought of that blue bitch rising up in anger while Im on a sailboat intimidates the hell out of me!

Im really looking fw to this adventure though. Really enjoying learning nominclature and sailboat boat design. Ive reached out to ASA to begin working on small boat certification beginning March

Ive gotten the itch to pickup a sailboat too, and even have my wife playing along. I plan to make the Bay my home turf, south of Annapolis. My wife and I are exploring cruising around the Caribbean once were empty nesters in ~7yrs. Will see where the wind takes us!

Look fw to hanging out here! Thx for making space for those looking to learn!
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Old 31-12-2018, 12:00   #2
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Re: Hello from Northern VA

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Kickin Bears.

Just so you know.

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Old 31-01-2019, 05:55   #3
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Re: Hello from Northern VA

Figured I’d post progress on my journey here. Wish I could just edit the first post to track and allow for discussion

Library Additions:

Chapmans Piloting and Seamanship (68th ed)
Bowditch vol 1 & 2 (2017 ed)
Boatowners Mechanical and Eletrical Manual (4th ed) by Niger Calder
This Old Boat by Don Casey


ASA free course on terms (very easy, knew most, but why not)
ASA 101, 103, 104 - Reached out to ASA school in Annapolis, MD area — wife and I are planning on taking 101 and 103 in 2019, possibly more pending time


Started researching meetups in Annapolis for folks looking for crew
Explored Annapolis, MD marinas and some more obscure marinas to the south


Been looking at a number of monohull boats in the ~33-37’ range
Looking for bluewater capable boat, cruising/comfort focus (not in a rush, in-the-flow cruising)
Interested in (in no particular order) Tayana, Tartan, Island Packet, Hans Christian, Bristol, Hallberg-Rassy, Valiant

Dog has to pee ... be back at this to update at a later time lol ...
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