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Old 30-09-2010, 10:51   #1
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Hi, I'm New Here

Hello all!
As the title implies, I just joined the forum and only recently joined the "cruising lifestyle." My husband convinced my to drop everything in Colorado where we live and move on board our new Wharram catamaran so we could sail from the Georgian Bay to the Bahamas. Now we're almost through the state of New York, and my experience tells me that the best part about this sailing thing is definetely the other sailors. As you can tell, I'm still a bit skeptical, but I'm joining the forum to reach out to you other sailors to see if you can't help me stick with it. If I had my way I'd be tied to a rope and climbing up a rock face in some canyon in Colorado, and waxing my skis for some backcountry fun, but here I am facing my fear of unfrozen water and I'm all ears. Thanks!
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Old 30-09-2010, 10:56   #2
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Hi Mags and welcome to the life on a sail boat.
I'll skip the rock faces and rope stuff, getting to the top of the mast is enough for me.
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Old 30-09-2010, 11:14   #3
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For some of us going to sea is returning to a long ago home. Sailing is the respectful way to enjoy it, and there is a great sense of accomplishment in making miles without making fumes.

Fear of water is not to be dismissed; but there is a cure. A warm sea, a good mask and snorkle and something new to look at or explore has been known to chase the fear of the deep right out of you. If you can find a mentor who respects your fear, someone you feel safe with, go find it. Start on a calm beach in waist-deep water, and let yourself relax. Wear a little floatation if you are slender, and just float. Enjoy the gentle motion of little waves, relax, and wait for the show to begin beneath you! After a while you will start to feel yourself suspended above a wonderful new terrain, defying the laws of gravity with much less drama and exertion than mountain climbing. The peacefulness can become transcendental and healing. Lying on the boat later you can recapture that peace with a clear mind in the gentle rocking, and the sounds of the boat and water around you.
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Old 30-09-2010, 11:16   #4
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It's a lot more comfortable falling on the unfrozen stuff than the alternative...not to mention a rock!

Watch the weather, take your time and enjoy the new adventure. Welcome and have fun
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Old 30-09-2010, 11:47   #5
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Welcome to the forum Mags...
Relax and enjoy...and yes, the people are the great.
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Old 30-09-2010, 17:40   #6
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Sailing is too many things to express. But basically, you'll either have your 'moment' or not. I would go actively searching it in, as sandy says, warm waters with a mask, fins and snorkel.

The thing basically sells itself, at that point.
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Old 01-10-2010, 04:35   #7
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G'Day Mags and welcome,
I wish you well on the new lifestyle and trust if you ever get stuck with any question you'll be able to call upon the good people on the forum for their opinions......
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Old 01-10-2010, 07:22   #8
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Wow thanks everyone! As usual with cruisers, I am amazed and grateful for your generosity (with words and encouragement). I have to say that listening to songs about sailing also helps. Stan Rogers is my goto.
PS how dangerous is it to sail on the Hudson River while everything around it is flooding?
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Old 19-10-2010, 22:10   #9
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
I'm glad you've found the good life. The biggest Wharram cat I've sailed is a 23. Your is quite a bit larger.
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