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Old 01-12-2008, 00:20   #1
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Hi, from Port Armstrong, Alaska

Great forum! I discovered "Cruisers Forum" searching for information on my new boat, a Challenger Anacapa 42 ketch. I found lots of information and plenty of other stuff to occupy my time. My last boat "Quest" was a 30ft double ended salmon troller built in 1948. I live and work where very few others visit. I am a little out of the way of the "Inside Passage", so not many cruising boats in my parts.

I will ask here and look around the forum for; Where is a great place to take sailing lessons? I am experienced on the water, but new to wind propulsion.

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Old 01-12-2008, 03:35   #2
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Hello Ken

By chance do you know Tom Greer?
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Old 01-12-2008, 04:47   #3
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Hi Ken, We can't get too much futher apart can we? Welcome to the forum. I have relatives in Alaska (mainland) and have visited there some. I hope to get back some time.
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Old 01-12-2008, 13:26   #4
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Aloha Ken,
Welcome aboard! You've got a good start with knowing boat systems and all those priniciples. Just need to start reading a bit on how sails work. A class would be good.
Good to have you on the forum.
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Old 01-12-2008, 17:13   #5
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Welcome Aboard ...my .02 worth..dont bother teach yourself...sounds like you have been around boats a while..it aint rocket science..

Everything will happen fairly slowly on a boat that size so just start out on nice days with 8 to 10 knots of wind and work up from there once you feel comfortable..which will take you about 2 times out .. then you are going to want wind and lots of it.. me thinks....
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Old 01-12-2008, 21:05   #6
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Hello Ken

By chance do you know Tom Greer?
I can't remember a Tom Greer. Does he have a boat? We all remember boats more than the owner's names around here.
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Old 02-12-2008, 19:00   #7
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I like the "just go out and do it" learning methods. I understand all the physics of the sails and wind pushing and pulling on the boat. Many sailers have told me that it is really easy to pick up. I am very mechanically inclined. I will still take a course somewhere to learn the little things sooner, than through trial and error.

The waters around here always have some wind and boat traffic does not exist. I may see 10 other boats during the Winter around here and that would be a lot. I would not like to learn in a place like San Francisco with all the boat traffic. My last "Inside Passage" trip was most stressful in Puget Sound with all the boats going every which way. I like the speed of a displacement boat. Just poking around at 5-7 knots. You get there when you get there. Being on the water is supposed to be relaxing and to not have an engine running, I think will be just AWESOME.

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Hi Ken, welcome to the forum from another Alaskan. It would be interesting to know how you ended up on such a remote place...?
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Old 19-12-2008, 00:30   #10
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Hi Ken, welcome to the forum from another Alaskan. It would be interesting to know how you ended up on such a remote place...?
I was looking for remote Alaska and Southeast was my destination. The job was here on Baranof Island. I packed a backpack and the dog and jumped on the ferry to Sitka from Bellingham. I had a day in town and then a floatplane took me to the hatchery. My B.S. in Wildlife Biology help me obtain the hatchery job, but they wanted me for my wide variety of skills.
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Hi Ken, I don't know of any classes you could take in Alaska, there are plenty of schools in Seattle area of course, Vancouver BC too I imagine. The learn it yourself plan is the best IMHO, along with reading everything you can combined with reading these forums and asking specific questions. The biggest difficulty with sailboats is usually docking, find a spot in calm conditions and practice different approaches, both forward and reverse. The sailing is mostly a matter of practice once you have the basics down.

Good luck, have fun, John
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Hey Ken

A possible solution might be to find an experienced sailor up there, ply him/her with strong drink, and get them to go sailing with you. Probably the fastest and possibly the best way to "learn the ropes". (Sorry. Couldn't resist).

Good luck!
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