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Old 08-02-2011, 22:14   #16
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Old 09-02-2011, 11:41   #17
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Thats a pretty great site. So really no marlinspike at all? Most every autobiography, and web pages I have read that were written by other sailors mentioned using a marlinspike. If its not something that a person will use very often is it useful to become acquainted with at all?
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Old 09-02-2011, 12:54   #18
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I think you have what it takes - the will to learn before you go, the readiness to ask about things you do not know, the sense of direction, the patience. I think you will do it and I think you will enjoy it. Good luck!

My piece of advice is that if sailing is to be a part of the cruising/liveaboard plan then try to include mastering sailing small dinghies in your training.

I started sailing in small dinghies so that when we got our proper (keel) boat things like how to tack, gybe and control the boat in all imaginable conditions were no longer any challenge. So on the bigger boat I had time to learn things like navigation, engine servicing and boat maintenance.

Sailing small dinghies teaches a lot on boat physics, the involved forces and the evident pitfalls. You will learn faster and break less equipment on your big boat afterwards.

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Old 09-02-2011, 13:09   #19
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I'm no pro but I've never used a marlinspike except (the one built into my rigger knife) to help untie knots.

Most books on marlinspike are for decorative stuff. Maybe you want to decorate your steering wheel or tiller handle? Turks head for your shackle pull?
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Old 09-02-2011, 14:37   #20
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Thank barnakiel, and good idea about sailing dinghies first. I hadn't really thought of that. .
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Old 09-02-2011, 15:21   #21
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Only time I've used a Marlinspike was in the 70's in Portsmouth Dockyard.... splicing wire hawsers for the Navy... also 2-3in manila rope...
Yachts have baby stuff....
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Old 10-02-2011, 15:09   #22
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Hows taking the ASA cert classes in Seattle sound for starters? Figured id take 101-107.
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You might also look into picking up a sunfish or similar to tool around on, easy to transport and sail,and will teach you balance/trim/manuvering
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Yes on a basic sailing class. Two good things to know (maybe even take classes) to be employed port to port is diesel mechanics and boat electrical systems. If you can master those and, in addition, be able to get an outboard running you'll never run out of jobs.
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Yes on a basic sailing class. Two good things to know (maybe even take classes) to be employed port to port is diesel mechanics and boat electrical systems. If you can master those and, in addition, be able to get an outboard running you'll never run out of jobs.
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Thanks for the advice. Yeah I was hoping to find some classes in those, as well as fiberglass repair.
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There is also some demand for canvas work - not just sail repairs but mostly bimini / cushions / etc.. A sewing machine is not expensive thing - if you are handy with it, you will save on your own wardrobe and probably recover whatever you spend on the hardware in no time by fixing things for others.

Easy to learn, little investment and long time savings.

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