Hi Again Linda,
Beneteau's are a nice boat, you should be fine. Nothing wrong with standard rigging. I think at some point you have to decide if you are a cruiser or a consumer, you can't be both.
My Catalina is a sloop
, we have the standard Catalina main sail nothing fancy and 135% foresail. Just make sure you're chain plates are solidly attached, no water
Patty and I started out with sailing instruction in Victoria, BC last August. We signed up with the International Sailing and Power Academy there. Apparently the ISPA is Worldwide.
The home study was about 60 hours. I learned that a boom vang
wasn't some sort of torture device. Patty learned that an accidental gyb is a good way to collect the insurance policy. After we went through a review, we then spent 6 days on the water going through the practical.
We learned how to make ready the boat for sea, how to get on and off the dock
,(nice trick in Victoria area where you can easily have 4-6 knots of JUST current
...ignorance is bliss!) but as Jim the instructor happened to notice, I was in such a hurry to get the boat away from the dock
side that I left Patty standing on the dock...ouch!
As well, we learned some navigational skills and rules of the road. It was an intense time and Jim the instructure being an old English
naval officer certainly hadn't lost
We finished up with tickets for Competent Crew, and Day Skippers.
Nice thing about Southern California
and most of the Baha and Sea of Cortez, is that their is very little to no current
So far my biggest challenge is a starboard side tie-up in 18 knots of wind
over my starboard stern, keeps blowing my stern off the dock every time. Decided to only tie up on the port side for now where I can utilize prop walk and pull the stern up next to the dock.
We came up with the Pajama Party name from our history
in attending Toastmaster conferences. Got a little tippsy one night and invited 30-40 of my new closest
friends back to my hotel
room for a pajama party...little did I know that almost every one of them took me up on my offer. We crammed about 30 people into my room...all wearing their PJ's or some fashion their of, the kind folks next door opened their room up across the hall, so by the end of the night we had about 50-60 people in attendance of the first annual PAJAMA PARTY.
We did that for a few years, and now we're sailing. Oh yeah, that was how I got together with Patty as well. It seemed others felt we were a good match. AND now we sail the Pajama Party along the coast and seem to make new friends and have a Pajama Party several times a week.
FYI - Your note on paper or electronic charts
. My thoughts on this is my paper charts don't use batteries or require any special software
expertise. Ever try carrying your laptop
around in high sea's when the boat is pitching and rolling? (yeah I tried, even tried to duck tape the laptop
to the nav table, RED GREEN would've been proud)
Doesn't do so well in bright light either.
We bought complete sets of charts from Sea Breeze books
in San Diego, the gal there really knows her stuff and can provide lots of info.
All I've been doing is using my GPS
and paper charts,(way less money
too) marking my position about every 30 minutes along my previously set course. Big believer in trip planning before I leave the dock or anchorage.
All the best Linda
Live What You Dream,