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Old 08-02-2011, 17:15   #1
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New Here! Young Man Hoping to Get into Sailing . . .

Hi there, just wanted to introduce myself. I'm a 22 year old Montana boy who has the dream for a while of acquiring a sailboat and living aboard as I explore the world. I plan on buying a boat in about 2 years. I plan on waiting that long not because of money issues, but because I have a lot of skills I need to learn first.

Right now I work as a professional weight lifting instructor, and Pilates instructor, which I hope may be useful for finding work port to port. I'm planning on taking classes in small engines, primarily boat motors, fiberglass repair, and take a couple more classes to add to my welding abilities. I know how to build computers from the ground up part by part, but I lack knowledge in general electronic, splicing and soldering so I'm hoping to get some apprenticing in that area as well.

Anyway I just wanted to list some of my current skills, and skills I'm working on and get some input on anything thing else I should add to my list and learn how to do. Goals are to be self sufficient in almost all boat repairs (save on $$$) and have the ability to make a bit of side money working on others yachts.

Of course I'm going to be trying to sign on as crew for any sailing boats I can between now and when I buy a boat. I need to actually physically learn how to sail with someone who is experienced.

Any suggestions on anything at all that I should be doing to prepare, or places I should be looking to sign on with a crew are very very much appreciated. Hope everyone is having a fantastic day.
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Old 08-02-2011, 18:39   #2
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Welcome and go ahead! You're young and you've got time enough to learn and to wait, in order to do what you want.
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Now thats what I call a great intro..... nice one..
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Being a Montana boy myself I can let you know it's entirely possible!! If you're near flathead try to crew this summer at the NFYC in Somers, or at the other boat club in Dayton
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Old 08-02-2011, 18:53   #5
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Yep like an hour and a half from Flathead, will definitely be trying to crew there. Hoping to get some time in Seattle as well, but we'll see.
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I have no experience in working my way around ports, but from what others say, good luck. if you go to the top of the screen there is a thread called "crews", there is alot of ads from time to time for people looking to work as crew, alot of times no experience necessary. good luck to you, wish I would have thought about at your age.
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Welcome.

Traveled all over Montana on my bike. Beautiful.

Spent a couple of weeks canoeing the Missouri with some GI buddies. This was in '82. Just when the whooping cranes had reappeared after a 20 year absence. They were thought to be extinct at the time.

It was surreal, the entire flock leaped frogged us down the river. We would drift passed their location on the bank, they would take flight in unison and pass by going down river only to land a few hundred yards downstream. Repeating the process when we passed each time. They did this for two days.

Many folks will recall this is the flock that was aided in reestablishing their migration path with the use of ultralights and good luck.
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Old 08-02-2011, 19:19   #8
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try www.crewseekers.co.uk

also www.noonsite.com

also www.onpassage.com

for crewing oppartunities,sugest doing a "stcw 95" and a basic deckhand course if you want to work on big boats.
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Thanks guys for the welcome, appreciate it.
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You sound like you've got the right attitude. Can-do.

There are so many skills to pick up, we all can learn for a lifetime. In general, it helps to learn by researching a specific project you want to take on -- and finding out everything you can before you start. That can help reduce re-work and bad planning, as we all make mistakes when we learn and it's always cheaper if you learn from somone else's mistakes.

Weather forecasting is definitely a good one to have, along with basic knots and splicing: YouTube and various web resources are available -- Start with the following basic knots: Bowline, bowline in a bight (a variation used when not tying at the end of the line), figure-8 stopper knot, prussic, fisherman's, and rolling hitch.

You can get by with just knowing knots but depending on the types of rope you're using it helps to know basic splices: three-strand loop, three-stand rope-to-chain splice, double-braid loop, whipping the ends of a line, single-braid bury, and single-braid modified brummel splice.
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Ok good to hear, I was wondering about that and already actually have a couple knot books in the mail as well as a marlin spike. Figured getting in some early practicing wouldn't hurt
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Ok good to hear, I was wondering about that and already actually have a couple knot books in the mail as well as a marlin spike. Figured getting in some early practicing wouldn't hurt
ARRRRrrrrrrr Jimlad... don't ye know... every fingers a marlin spike... where's me grog.... Hic'
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Honestly I know just about nothing at the moment
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learn to "splice the main brace",and you will be welcome on any yacht, after the sun is over the yard arm...... jim me lad...........aaaaargh,oh and bring stockings.......for the plankton......
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Ok good to hear, I was wondering about that and already actually have a couple knot books in the mail as well as a marlin spike. Figured getting in some early practicing wouldn't hurt
Actually you can get all the instruction you need on the web. YouTube and Animated Knots by Grog | How to Tie Knots | Fishing, Boating, Climbing, Scouting, Search and Rescue, Household, Decorative, Rope Care, Return those books and the marlinspike.

Just start with the basic knots -- honestly you can get by all your life with just knowing the bowline and one type of hitch. Go sailing with others and you'll learn what you need and what's superfluous.

If you do graduate to splicing your fingers are still your main tools. Might not sound nautical but my splicing tool kit consists of the following: Samson fid kit, section of wire coat hanger (it's usually easier to pull something through than to push, so I use the wire/tape more than the fids) 3M electric tape from Home Depot, single-edge razor blades (no holder), a piece of scrap wood as cutting board, and a blow torch or lighter for melting the ends of nylon or polyester (I tape, razor cut, then melt, then remove tape). Also it helps to round the cut end of the hanger on a fine sanding disk so it's smooth and doesn't snag fibers. Add some waxed whipping twine to the mix and some needles for lock stitching when needed.
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