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Old 22-08-2012, 16:34   #1
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Hi everyone. I'm new to this and could use some experienced advice.
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Old 22-08-2012, 17:02   #2
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Re: New sailor

Buy low, sell high.

I got plenty of other worthless platitudes to go with that one, should you be interested.


Seriously though are you completely inexperienced sailing and wanting to know how to get started or do you have some experience and want advice on how to proceed?

If the later then consider these questions:
-How much sailing experience?
-Are you looking to cruise extensively or liveaboard and occasionally take several weeks or months off to nip around the Caribbean or Baja or do you just want to go out for a bit every once in a while?
-How many people as regular crew? Any kids?
-What's your budget to buy and outfit the boat? (living and cruising costs extra.)
-Where are you? Where do you want to sail out of? Which coast do you want to set off from and more specifically where on that coast?
-Where to you want to go?
-Any really strong preferences to start with? (full/fin keel, mono/multi, spade/skeg/attached rudder, sloop/cutter/mizzen rigged)
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Old 22-08-2012, 17:26   #3
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Re: New sailor

I guess by the response I didn't supply enough info. Lol
Ok, I've been boating for over 50 years and am now going into the charter fishing business on the Great Lakes. I have had smaller boats in the past and now am refitting a 34' fishing boat. The advise I may need is for the refit. As the assessment is not yet complete I may be a little premature with some questions.
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Old 22-08-2012, 17:30   #4
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Re: New sailor

Welcome aboard BroadBill.

Plenty of really smart guys in the "engineering" forums.

Good luck with the refit.
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Old 22-08-2012, 17:39   #5
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Thanks so much
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Old 22-08-2012, 19:20   #6
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refit......it will cost more than you planned no matter how much you plan!
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Old 22-08-2012, 19:52   #7
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I think you're right. It had been sitting for four years. We just got the engines fired up and it's in the water for the rest of the season. All the wiring is coming off in the spring. I've scheduled a month to do it all, but may need more.
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Buy low, sell high...

Or, in the case of a boat, don't buy at all !
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Old 22-08-2012, 20:00   #9
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Just in case you were wondering it's an Annacapri V340 with twin Perkins Range 4 165's. They only have 500 hours on them and other than a little water in the fuel which got fixed right away and with new batteries they both started. The starter commutators need cleaning because of oxidation, but other than that power is good. Now if I can be that lucky with the rest of it. Fingers and eyes crossed.
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Use the smallest sail you can sail efficiently on at all times. One hand for you, one for the boat, and if it's rough and you're using a self steering rig, wear your lifeline because it sucks being 50 miles offshore and watching your boat sail away without you on board.
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refit......it will cost more than you planned no matter how much you plan!
Ain't this the truth? I can attest to this, as well.
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Re: New Sailor

Aloha and welcome aboard the forum.
Good to have another powerboater here. I become a power boater every time I turn on the engine and I do like Perkins. Good they started right up. That's a very good sign.
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