Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 17-05-2014, 08:52   #1
Registered User
 
salmonlv's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Boat: Chrysler Mutineer 15
Posts: 32
Just Bought My First Sailboat

Hi all. I'm one of the 'wannabes' asked about in a thread a little while ago. I joined the forum a while back but have mainly been lurking since I figured I didn't have anything to add to any of the conversations. Just bought my first sailboat yesterday so that my son and I can learn how to sail. Only a 15' sailing dinghy, but that seemed to be the consensus on the best way to learn. When we go out on Lake Mead (hopefully tomorrow) it might be a case of the blind leading the blind. The only real concern I have is that I'm not sure how to slow down and/or maneuver enough to get the boat back on the trailer (kind of like an airline pilot not knowing how to land). Hopefully we'll figure it out. We'll have to only use the main since the jib is 40 years old and falling apart. Looking to buy a new jib before too long. I'll have to buy an anchor as well since my daughter wants to go out and fish (definitely not going to ask what kind of anchor ). Anyway, really excited about finally being able to get on the water.

-Sam
__________________

__________________
salmonlv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17-05-2014, 09:00   #2
Registered User
 
jeanathon's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: WNC mountains U.S.
Boat: 1968 Hinterhoel Redwing
Posts: 513
Re: Just Bought My First Sailboat

Congratulations!
Couple of ways to slow down.
An anchor is one!
Dumping wind or backwinding the sail, or simply dropping the sail are easy ones.
Sometimes turning into the wind to put the boat in irons is helpful depending on the situation.
Don't forget to take a paddle. You can drop the main sail and row up to the trailer.
Good luck. Post the story of the first day out on sailors confessional!
__________________

__________________
Let's ban together to ban sillycone....
jeanathon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17-05-2014, 09:00   #3
Registered User
 
Allan S's Avatar

Join Date: May 2008
Location: Lake Ontario, Canada
Boat: Seafarer 38 cutter rigged
Posts: 263
Images: 5
Send a message via MSN to Allan S
Re: Just Bought My First Sailboat

Congrats on the boat
__________________
Our Coronado 25, Not named yet!
http://coronado25.blogspot.com/
http://sheppard1961.blogspot.ca/
Allan S is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17-05-2014, 10:51   #4
Registered User
 
salmonlv's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Boat: Chrysler Mutineer 15
Posts: 32
Re: Just Bought My First Sailboat

Thanks. You're not the only one to suggest a paddle. Probably pick one up before getting in the water.
__________________
salmonlv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17-05-2014, 18:41   #5
Registered User

Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Australia
Boat: 21 ft sail boat
Posts: 347
Re: Just Bought My First Sailboat

Have fun and keep looking forward. I heard of someone cruising around the world in a boat about that size.
__________________
Adventurebound is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17-05-2014, 19:00   #6
Registered User
 
deckofficer's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Northern and Southern California
Boat: too many
Posts: 4,198
Images: 4
Re: Just Bought My First Sailboat

Come back to this thread and let us know how it went for your first day.
__________________
Bob
USCG Unlimited Tonnage Open Ocean (CMA)
http://tbuckets.lefora.com/
deckofficer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18-05-2014, 12:12   #7
Registered User
 
maryjoalle's Avatar

Join Date: May 2014
Location: Clearwater, FL
Boat: C-Dory Venture 23
Posts: 3
Send a message via AIM to maryjoalle
Re: Just Bought My First Sailboat

Invitation to Sail...check this book out. When we started sailing 35 years ago we read to Chapter #4....got us started!
__________________
Mary Jo and Rusty Allen
Una Mas
maryjoalle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18-05-2014, 17:17   #8
Registered User
 
salmonlv's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Boat: Chrysler Mutineer 15
Posts: 32
Well, I definitely should have read something. It turned out to be a comedy of errors which ended with a $100 tow back to the marina.
__________________
salmonlv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18-05-2014, 17:29   #9
Registered User
 
deckofficer's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Northern and Southern California
Boat: too many
Posts: 4,198
Images: 4
Re: Just Bought My First Sailboat

Quote:
Originally Posted by salmonlv View Post
Well, I definitely should have read something. It turned out to be a comedy of errors which ended with a $100 tow back to the marina.
Well, you got my attention, care to elaborate?
__________________
Bob
USCG Unlimited Tonnage Open Ocean (CMA)
http://tbuckets.lefora.com/
deckofficer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18-05-2014, 17:38   #10
Registered User
 
salmonlv's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Boat: Chrysler Mutineer 15
Posts: 32
When I get back home I'll type up a description of the whole thing.
__________________
salmonlv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18-05-2014, 17:45   #11
Registered User
 
maryjoalle's Avatar

Join Date: May 2014
Location: Clearwater, FL
Boat: C-Dory Venture 23
Posts: 3
Send a message via AIM to maryjoalle
Re: Just Bought My First Sailboat

Cannot wait to hear, but know for your own safety find a mentor who is willing to help you learn the basics AND start racing! You'll learn a lot fast.
__________________
Mary Jo and Rusty Allen
Una Mas
maryjoalle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18-05-2014, 17:54   #12
Freelance Delivery Skipper..
 
boatman61's Avatar

Community Sponsor
Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: PORTUGAL
Posts: 20,217
Images: 2
pirate Re: Just Bought My First Sailboat

Quote:
Originally Posted by maryjoalle View Post
Cannot wait to hear, but know for your own safety find a mentor who is willing to help you learn the basics AND start racing! You'll learn a lot fast.
Yeah... how to leave a 60ft Oyster mid-Atlantic...
__________________


Born To Be Wild
boatman61 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 18-05-2014, 18:10   #13
Registered User
 
jeanathon's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: WNC mountains U.S.
Boat: 1968 Hinterhoel Redwing
Posts: 513
Quote:
Originally Posted by salmonlv
Well, I definitely should have read something. It turned out to be a comedy of errors which ended with a $100 tow back to the marina.
Ahem! Taking a paddle wasn't a suggestion, more of a reminder.
Errors are how some of us learn. My own first day out I ran aground and ran abridge on the same day. Looking forward to hearing the story. As long as no one was hurt.....all's well that ends well.
__________________
Let's ban together to ban sillycone....
jeanathon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18-05-2014, 20:33   #14
Registered User
 
salmonlv's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Boat: Chrysler Mutineer 15
Posts: 32
Re: Just Bought My First Sailboat

Nobody was hurt. Thank goodness. The problems started at the loading ramp. My son and I put the boat in the water and I had him stay with it while I parked the car. When I came back I said to him to make sure the boat doesn't float away and he replied, "I don't think it will since its full of water." WHAT?! That's when I remembered that the PO showed me the through hulls and how to open and close them. Unfortunately I forgot which way was open and which way was closed. Oh well, we figured that we could figure out which way to close them and that we could bail so we pushed off. Oh, by the way, we hadn't attached the tiller/rudder yet nor had we raised the sail. Probably should have done that while tied to the dock. There we were floating aimlessly away from the dock trying to attach the rudder. That took a while. Then we focused our attention to trying to raise the main, but it was so windy that it kept getting caught on the shrouds. Meanwhile we are floating directly at a rocky island about a half mile out from the marina. Unfortunately, by the time we got the sail up, we were bouncing against the rocks of the island, so we lowered the sail. Tried for a while to get it off the rocks to no avail and then just ended up sitting there for about an hour, trying to figure out what to do. The wind was blowing directly at the island; we didn't think we were going to be able to get it off so we tried to flag down any passing boats.
A nice man, Carl, in a sailboat saw us and came by and tried to tow us out. He motored by and shouted that we would have to tie off really quick as he was passing. Check. He tossed the rope and I caught it. Great! I'm thinking , "the wife never needs to know since Carl is saving the day." Here's where I screw it all up (again). Remembering reading on cruisersforum once that when being towed you tie to the mast, so that's what I do. Well, that tips the boat over on its beam and puts the mast in the water. Now I'm thinking that I just put Carl's boat in danger and I'm apologizing over and over again. We right the boat, but now its completely full of water and it's so windy that the waves are just going over the sides. Bailing is of no use. Carl offers to take us back to shore, but I decide to stay with it, thinking that eventually the wind would die down and we'd be able to get off this blasted rock.
It took a while, but the wind died down enough to bail, but we were still stuck on rock. I swallowed my pride and called the marina for a tow. And here I am with my tail between my legs. Thankfully nobody was hurt and the boat is back home on the trailer.
__________________
salmonlv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18-05-2014, 22:30   #15
Registered User
 
deckofficer's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Northern and Southern California
Boat: too many
Posts: 4,198
Images: 4
Re: Just Bought My First Sailboat

Got to hand it to you, a "comedy of errors" does accurately describe that outing. Good learning curve though, that is a lot of **** that you won't let happen again, like staying clear of a lee shore.
__________________

__________________
Bob
USCG Unlimited Tonnage Open Ocean (CMA)
http://tbuckets.lefora.com/
deckofficer is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
sail, sailboat

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
I just bought the first sailboat I ever set foot on. Ballan98272 Meets & Greets 12 12-03-2013 15:15
Just bought my first boat today jcgnc94 Monohull Sailboats 13 09-11-2012 14:19
We Just Bought Our First Boat dtstines Meets & Greets 17 25-10-2011 04:43
Just Bought My First Sailboat in Portland, OR alex37 Meets & Greets 14 15-04-2010 19:05
I just bought my first cat cat480 Multihull Sailboats 25 09-04-2008 10:09



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 17:52.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.