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Old 20-03-2010, 08:25   #1
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Howdy from Texas

So I am a young man who hasn't sailed since 2005. When I did sail it was in the Gulf Coast with a vary experienced captain on a 31fter of which I cannot remember the make, and skipper 20. I have since joined the Army and moved to Washington. A family friend has given me a San Juan 21. Currently it is not much more than just a hull. I will have her back to original condition by June-July. I need to learn all over again. There isn't a single guy around that knows a lick about sailing. What approach should I take to get on the water again.
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Old 20-03-2010, 08:29   #2
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Use a trailer.

Think of the things that need to be replaced in order to sail her...standing rigging, running rigging, sails, pfd's and hardware.
Then, after she sails, think of the things that help with comfort...cushions, ice chests, bbq pits, beer.

Also, there's a ton of help obtained in taking the ASA courses at your local marinas. ASA 101, 103, and 104 really helped me a lot.
And, join a local sailing club. Most of them have very modest dues and people eager to help a newbie.

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Old 12-04-2010, 14:38   #3
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
Good to have you posting here on the forum. Thanks for serving in the Armed Forces and it appears you might be at Ft. Lewis? I was lucky enough to catch a flight from San Diego to Ft. Lewis once. Nice Base.
There are a few forum members in the Olympia and Tacoma area that might be willing to give you good advice once they've seen your boat. Luckily the San Juan is a local boat so you should be able to find parts and pieces locally.
Structural pieces of the interior should be your first order of business.
kind regards,
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