What a sad note to learn of such a beautiful dream that you will live for your beloved father. Sailing is beauty and it's knowledge and freedom and something which when your get it you never can get rid of it!
When I caught the sailing bug 23 years ago I was a complete novice
having only been on a few ferry
boats before in my life. Perhaps one day I can share how it happened. I can never forget the moment back in Norwalk CT in Cove Marina.
It didn't take long, perhaps 6 months for me to take my first sailing course and buy the boat I now own. I was completely intimidated by thought of taking such (at the time) what seemed to me like and ocean liner away from the dock
where she was tied waiting for me to release her dock
lines and take her the sea. I had to do it the first time and many mmany times since. And now I do it with the familiarity of taking a walk down the street. Sailing my boat is second nature to me.
But the interesting thing is, sailing is always a challenge, always different, and it's the difference that you see more and more each time. Whether it's the weather
, or something about the current
, or some new piece of gear
, or a friend, or the temperature, or the time of day, or the day of the week of the season, or the destination
. It's never ever the same even though it's the boat you know and love so well.
And this brings me to the important point I wish to make and which to me is at the heart of what the beauty of sailing is. It's about learning
, and there for self reliance, independence and freedom and connection to the "elements" and anyplace touched by the sea... which an awful lot of interesting places.
You will need to learn lots of things, none of it rocket science, some of it can be like math in school
, some like science, some like "shop" (the girls didn't take that, but home economics in my day). You will learn everything about your boat. You will design your boat, that is except for the main hull
, sail plan etc. you will make or modify it to suit you and your sailing needs. And you will only discover this as you begin to sail and get to know the boat, her characteristics and the sea. You will grown together and your boat will "fit" you like a glove in hand.
When I began there was only books
and local salts to tap for wisdom. I read about sailing and cruising constantly, dreamed about, went to boat shows and slowly "tricked out" my boat to get her closer to what I needed. She was not ready for offshore work, the surveyor
told me that when I bought her. But he said she could be made ready and that was my task. getting her ready and me ready. It tool 6 years for that and culminated when I entered the Marion Bermuda Race
in 91, not to race
, but to test me and the boat in the ocean, in a quasi supervised setting with support kinda close at hand. We did great; weather a terrible storm in the Stream and arrived at beautiful Bermuda
of pink sands and torquoise waters. I knew I was ready and wanted more.
It took me another six months or so close down life ashore, finish my preparations of the boat and set off cruising for 3 years. My own dad had never retired and worked all his life and died. I figured i would retire for a bit in mid 40s and work, if I had to til I died, but with my dreams and my boat... and who knows I may get lucky and head
You have this board with some very skilled and knowledgeable and generous sailors who will help you. You need to not be shy about your lack of knowledge and ask. You get lots of good advice and often different advice. Sailors have found the way that works for THEM so there are many right solutions, but you can use THEIR wisdom an experience to make YOUR solutions.
The learning never stops as you delve into something new or deeper into something your thought you knew. The more you know, the more you are able to learn and know and THAT is what this is about. And I don't mean ONLY techie stuff. It's like having a driving license
, and a car. Now all you need is the money
a skill to take care of it and you can head
off to interesting destinations. But unlike a car, a boat is your home so when you travel it's no hotels for us sailors. We've like turtles, we take our homes with us wherever we go.
Sorry for the long winded comment. I am thrilled to learn of someone new getting into this with a big dream and the wisdom to know how much there is to making it happen.
We're here for you - ask.
Welcome! And fair winds and following seas. Your dad is very proud of you... as well he should be.