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Old 21-06-2008, 07:19   #1
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Well we finally did purchase a 24" sailboat. We of course now need a course in sailing. Any suggestion for the North Georgia area, above Atlanta??? Of course we went online and checked out some sailing techniques. I do think we need some help though. We haven't even figured out some of the rigging. Oh well. As I said, or maybe I didn't say, we are new to the sailing idea.

My husband Al has been a fiberglass and boat repair person for years in Fla. So he knows about boats, just mainly those large cabin cruisers. The boat we purchased is a homemade Roberts. The old man who built it did great with everything but finishing out the fiberglass, he just didn't get it very smooth. He also painted the deck and cabin with house paint, must be a 1/16" inch thick. So we are scraping and soon sanding. Then the compressor comes out with the paint gun and he will eventually get to finish out the top of the boat.

Of course we wanted one we could live on. We found, after the purchase of this boat, a 26" with everything including a generator. Also found a 30". We are, needless to say, confused about what we want for liveaboard. Anyway hubbie demanding food. So have to run and feed him.

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Old 21-06-2008, 10:19   #2
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Welcome to Cruisers Forum, Woodcutter43.

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Old 21-06-2008, 10:46   #3
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Hi! Welcome to the whacky world of liveaboard cruisers. A word of advice is to live with things the way the are (within reason) for a little while, making notes of changes you'd like to make and why. Gradually, you may notice that your priorities and ideas get juggled a bit and waiting before making any really drastic changes or purchases can save a lot of heartache and cash...
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Old 21-06-2008, 11:58   #4
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Hi, glad for the info and response. I know what you are saying, linnetwoods. This boat does need a good cleaning and of course the rather chipped and horrible paint on the deck, cockpit etc has to be changed. So that is why hubbie is trying to get the pressure washer fixed. Then he will sand and repaint it all. Also maybe some new fiberglass work in areas. The inside is cute, rather small, but cute. We are of course looking for an outboard motor for the back of the boat. The trailer is okay that came with the boat. We even have the sets of plans for this boat and another one. The old man did a good job with the hull, and building the inside. He just was lazy when he got to the finishing of it. We will not make too many changes. Like you said, our priorities are changin already. We think we need to learn a little more about sailing, that is why we purchased this boat. Smaller, then bigger, then liveaboard. Anyway, thanks for the thoughts. Lynda and Al
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Aloha Lynda and Al,
Welcome aboard! Hope you can find some lessons in your area. If not, there is probably a local library with lots of books on basic sailing and you do have a boat to experiment with.
I recommend "Start Sailing Right!" as a good basic sailing book.
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