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Old 07-10-2007, 16:30   #1
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Hello,

I just read "The Cruising Life" byTrefethen... and it has upset my whole life "plan". It has me considering just how to re-organize every aspect of my life and set out on a whole new adventure...I don't even know how to sail! (yet).

I may already consider myself a sort of liveaboard as a long-haul trucker- I often stay on the road weeks at a time, and you learn to travel light and take care of home business at a distance. Self-repairs and self-reliance are required here...but I am bursting to get underway on the seas as soon as possible/practical.

Any and all advice welcomed- I am gathering books for my education: sailing, navigation, boat repairs, etc... any recommendations on practical advice reading material greatly appreciated.

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Welcome. Since you are on the east coast of Florida, you are ideally positioned for some of the best outisland cruising in the world - the Bahamas. I have never chartered in the Bahamas, but if you can afford it, I would think that a one week crewed charter in the Bahamas would be a great and fun learning experience.
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Start small and upgrade.

You will be supprised how much can be done.
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Sounds wonderful, thanks.
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I'm in similar shoes Don'tPanic and am just finishing up Trefethen's book as we speak. It's a good one. I found a more in-depth book along the same lines called 'The Voyagers Handbook' by Beth Leonard that you might want to give a look. I wish you all the best in your quest!
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Aloha Don't Panic,
Welcome aboard!! "Start Sailing Right!" is the one I recommend that everyone new and old to sailing read just once. It doesn't talk about big boats but explains sailing in simple language.
Good luck in your quest. Your diesel and self reliance experience will be an advantage when you can finally shove off.
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welcome and happy sailing.

This book by John Vigor Amazon.com: Seaworthy Offshore Sailboat: A Guide to Essential Features, Handling, and Gear: Books: John Vigor
can help answer a few questions concerning "how to"...
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Hey Don't Panic,

My wife and I are in Jax also. We're looking at learning to sail and hitting the water in a few years.

Shoot me an email and we can talk!

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