I just found this nice forum a few days ago and I have enjoyed reading many of the posts and learned a lot too. I am most favorably impressed by the nice tone I see in the threads, the friendly atmosphere, and the wisdom of the moderators. I hope I can contribute a small part to the continued success of this community.
While I am not a boat owner, I hope to be one someday not too far off. I expect I may have a few questions that seem basic to those with more experience. Please don't hesitate to give me your opinion, as that is why I am here (to learn from others). You won't offend me by offering your advice or your experienced views. I will take everything with a splash of saltwater.
While I am not as experienced as many sailors, I do have a bit of time on the water
in various boats under sail, just wish I had more! After sailing on lakes in the USA, it was my great pleasure to sail for years on San Francisco
Bay (mostly racing) and offshore
(off the California
coast) and a passage
to San Francisco
. I don't consider myself an expert at anything, and would rather consider myself a newbie so I keep an open mind to learning
. I believe I can learn something from anyone and hope to learn from you all here.
Unfortunately my time on the ocean has been more limited than my desire to be there. And my desire includes owning a boat someday to cruise
the Big Blue (who doesn't dream that).
Still, I have always felt blue water
runs in my veins, as being on a sailboat is my very earliest memory (from the time when I was a tot in Miami) and looking at "boats for sale" in Yachting magazine has been something I have done since I was about 9 years old, along with drawing my own boat plans back then as a kid. I still haven't decided which will be my dream boat to cruise
on, but I have my eye on a few.
As for personal tastes in boats, I like the traditional styles (even more recent versions like HC and Babas) but I also have always liked the look of strong and sturdy looking steel
boats too. I attribute that to reading about Joshua years ago.
Eventually I will probably pick something with a Pilot House, as I have strong feelings about them too. As for those, while I admire a Perini Navi, I will more likely get a Nauticat. But, while I would enjoy the comforts of those larger boats, it is also likely I will get something a bit smaller too.
Experience? I am always looking for more!
I don't consider myself a racer
, but I have sailed and raced on small boats like Thistle, Nacra, Cal
20, a classic Folk Boat, J-24s and J-29s, as well as larger boats like Jeanneau
42 and others. As part of a competitive race
crew I got my introduction
to San Francisco Bay while on the cold and wet pitching foredeck of a J-35 in many races. I had the distinct pleasure of running the main on an offshore race
to the Farallons on a Santa Cruz
50 "sled" once at 20+ knots and the tense time at the helm
of an IOR 40 foot race boat on a run during an overnight race in high seas and high waves off the coast. I only wish I had more time and more chances to crew. That said, I believe my heart more closely lies in cruising and of course in the dream of making a circumnavigation
Perhaps some day we will meet and I will be happy to pull a line or two for you.
When I do get my dream boat, I will be happy to have you aboard for a brew or two and a yarn to go with it.
Steady (a nickname for my first name, Steadman)
Currently in Texas
after spending 3 years traveling the American West while working on some book projects for books
about equestrians. Next stop? Where the wind
I do prefer to see real faces (rather than avatars
or cartoons) so here is a self-pic I made when I was taking a sight 1,000 miles from land.