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Old 12-09-2011, 13:26   #1
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New member here, I hope to learn a lot and aquire knowledge while onboard. I have never owned a sailboat nor even raise a sail but my wife and I are going to pursure a lifelong dream of sailing away into the great blue yonder. We have visited classified adds, looked at a few boat, and picked a few places to start our visit.

My first endeavor is to travel the great ditch of America and see the sites along the way, we also would like to see the Statue of Liberty from the ocean as we approach here from afar. The are many more stories and wishes that come along with the travel but time will prevail.

Thank you all ofr allowing me to join in on many conversations and please be patient with stupidity as I have no clue what a Jib is yet..... I will google this and educate myself soon.

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Old 12-09-2011, 13:37   #2
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a good thing to do is to go sailing... with a friendly group of people... then sailing classes to make sure you have a clue what a clew is...

Best of luck...

Just a warning... I have not found a good 12 step program for my sailing addiction..... and it is VERY expensive in terms of time...

but then I enjoy being an addict.......


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Old 12-09-2011, 13:38   #3
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Welcome 4Winds.

Might I suggest going to or and getting a used copy of Sailing for Dummies or KISS Sailing. A used copy will cost you around $1 plus shipping.

I'd also suggest getting a small boat to learn on, crew on bigger boats to get a feeel of what works for you. There are MANY posts on here for beginners that you might read, and if you can't find what you are looking for, just ask.

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Old 12-09-2011, 13:42   #4
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Welcome aboard
We all started out the same, learning what a jib is, port and starboard etc. We are always learning, just when ya think you know enough the sea will knock some sense back into you
Kemah is great place to walk the docks and see some boats, watergate marina the easiest to get into and walk around.
Cheers and happy adventures!
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Old 12-09-2011, 14:39   #5
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, 4Winds.

Although, I don't think, you can see "Lady Liberty" from the ocean, it's certainly a stirring sight!
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Old 13-09-2011, 21:21   #6
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Old 13-09-2011, 21:33   #7
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Welcome aboard. The "great ditch" is a fun adventure and provides a lot of different experiences. Hope you get yourself out there soon.
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Old 20-10-2011, 16:18   #8
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
Good to have you here on the forum. A basic sailing class is a good idea and a safety class taught by the Coast Guard Auxiliary is also a good idea.
Happy sailing.
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