Glad to be aboard. I should introduce myself as the new little guy on the block. About a month ago I picked up an 11' Whistler dinghy
. I've been out on the local lakes about a dozen times & I am having a blast! I sailed a 14' Blue Jay when I was a kid, but haven't been on the water
in 40 years and the old sailing instincts (and lessons) have kicked back in. I even stalled the boat at the dock
to the amazement of all watching!
I've been able to take the admiral (is that what I call her?) once, and I believe she may be bitten by the bug. The reason I purchased the boat in the first place is to teach my 12 yr old son to sail. He is autistic and has always been crazy about the water
. If he's in it, on it, around it or under it, he's delighted. It also has a wonderful, calming effect on him when we're out there, and he loves just dragging his hand overboard
as we cruise
along. The problem is that the boat is just too darn small for us. And we are not small people! The three of us won't fit. No way. I'm over 6'3". He's almost 200 lbs and we won't even mention my delicate flower. Of course I'm already looking to get something bigger (that seems to be a trend with sailboat owners). Looking for a trailer sailor, maybe a 22' swing keel
. Would love to find a reasonable MacGregor
. But that's for another day. So... I guess I just wanted to say hello to the group and introduce myself.