I'm newish to sailing and very new here. My husband and I just returned from a week's charter
of a 40.5 Hunter
in Marina Del Rey to the Channel Islands and back. Sadly I tore my finger open on a barbecue
mount on our first day out so we needed to make an emergency
trip into Redondo Beach so I could get it sewn up (ten stitches!).
Loved it otherwise, despite the injury, especially our time at Santa Barbara Island and getting to see all the friendly, curious sea lions.
We took our 18-year-old son and his buddy with us, so we had lots of crew help. Ended up with a man overboard
drill when the dinghy
tether broke, then a real man overboard
exercise when my son's buddy fell out of the dinghy
while adjusting the motor
-- very glad of my husband's man overboard drill practice during ASA classes
etc.; we had him back in the boat within five minutes (but a very scary five minutes indeed).
Now we're back home and thinking about the next trip -- hopefully no injuries and everyone remains aboard for that one!