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Old 14-11-2007, 10:55   #1
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New to sailing. Well, I guess the little sunfishers and small cats do count for something. So I should say new to sailing big sailboats. Lots to read and learn here and elsewhere. Having a great time.
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Old 14-11-2007, 11:02   #2
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Sailing is best however you can do it. That means the little boats count too! Anything you can learn on a small boats needs to be done on a big boat too. The big boat justs adds more complexities that can often get in the way of learning to sail.

Whatever type of sailing you like we should have something here.
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Old 14-11-2007, 11:15   #3
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Aloha dk,
Welcome aboard!! Best way to learn to sail is on the small ones. Like Paul said big boats just add systems that need more attention and learning.
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Old 14-11-2007, 12:32   #4
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Welcome DK, are you about to embark on a larger boat purchase? No better place to refine your search, if so! Fair winds!!
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Old 14-11-2007, 13:01   #5
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Ha! Big to me is still 25' Learning is the best part. No purchases planned. Strictly club/rent/charter for now
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Old 14-11-2007, 13:39   #6
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With 25 ft you need to learn all you'll need for a larger boat. After that it's just a little to get used to haddling close quarters and the extra zeros everything costs.
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Old 14-11-2007, 14:03   #7
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With 25 ft you need to learn all you'll need for a larger boat. After that it's just a little to get used to haddling close quarters and the extra zeros everything costs.
The impact of a 45' boat hitting a dock is so much more interesting than a 25'.
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The impact of a 45' boat hitting a dock is so much more interesting than a 25'.
The terror factor is about equal. A new sailor hitting in a 25 ft boat is maybe as frightening as an experienced sailor hitting with a 45 ft boat. They both give more than they take. The crunching of deck planks still brings shrieks from the crowd.
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Old 14-11-2007, 17:08   #9
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I don't "hit" the dock.

I just give it a very gentle caress.

Not even enough to scratch the paint.

Most times...
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Welcome Matey,
Most of us started sailing in dinghies and I can appreciate the feelings you have in moving up in size. Just make sure you enjoy the learning experiences - there is truly nothing as good.
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Welcome aboard. The previous posters have pretty much covered it. A bad day on a boat (regardless of size ) is still better than a good day at work.
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Happy to sign on in order to make it until spring. We sail on the Chesapeake out of Rock Hall on our 6th sailboat over 30 years. Looking forward to learning from others!!
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Welcome ! , this is a great place to hang around . So much help and knowledge . Until may I was a happy owner of the dinghy too . In my dinghy I can only drop a main sail when I'm on shore . Talking about docking in the stormy winds with sail up .Nothing can beat that practice , when in the spilt second you have to assessed the situation , choose the right approach , etc .When sailing in my friends big boats I feel so relaxed and enjoying the ride .
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We sail on the Chesapeake out of Rock Hall on our 6th sailboat over 30 years.
If you were there last fall I porobaly saw the boat.
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