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Old 12-02-2013, 12:38   #1
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New to Cruisers and to sailing in general. Looking forward to the day when we feel confident in our sailing abilites to sail off in to the sunrise! Will be looking here for all types of advice and direction on a multitude of things as my husband and I start this new journey! From buying and outfitting a boat to sailing where ever the wind will take us. Currently no boat and taking lessons- next up Basic cruising and Bareboat curising.
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Old 12-02-2013, 14:04   #2
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Old 12-02-2013, 19:16   #4
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Sharon.
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Old 13-02-2013, 06:49   #7
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Welcome Aboard! I'm new here also.

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Old 13-02-2013, 07:04   #9
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Re: New to Cruisers and to sailing

Welcome aboard! I am fairly new to boat ownership and cruising also, having purchased my boat and cruised it for only four seasons now. I, too, have taken a number of ASA courses and have found them very useful. I also had the opportunity to take some more advanced courses with JWorld and a sailing school in Newport, RI, whose name escapes me right now. I have learned a great deal from all the training, and from all the more experienced sailors, including many on this forum, who have taken the time to help me. This is an excellent community, despite the occasional attitude of superiority one encounters. Just ignore it. They probably think they're helping by ridiculing those of us with less experience or knowledge.

Back to the training, however, I found that though it has been very helpful, almost all of it was seriously lacking in the skills needed to deal with an emergency. I have been through scuba training and private pilot training. Almost all of that training was focused on "what if" scenarios, designed to help you when things go squirrely. I wish the ASA and the other sailing training would have included more of that.

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Hi! Same here. We're anchored near the James Island Connector and Wappoo Cut.
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Old 13-02-2013, 19:09   #11
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Thanks for the insight, looking forward to learning more, but right now just trying to get the terminology and basics down. Heading out this weekend to work on our skills. Then on to the other courses. It is all just so overwhelming, so much to learn about just the sailing let alone how to make a boat your residence and all that may entail, where to register, foreign ports, navigation, provisioning and as you mentioned the what if's..... so much to learn but exciting. I will definitely be posting questions and reading threads to see if items are covered. You are right, they haven't covered much of that.
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Welcome aboard. We did our courses and then spent a year cruising as crew on other peoples boats. Learned a truck load that was never taught on courses. Now we're off doing our own thing. Good luck on your journey.
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Old 14-02-2013, 03:41   #13
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That is a good idea, will keep that in mind and check around once we have some more experience.
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Welcome aboard Sharon! Take your time in learning Seamanship fundamentals, over several months. Being part of a hands-on crew will reinforce your book knowledge. Once you are confident, try a few charters on different boats with experienced friends. This will expose you to added responsibilities of "running the ship". And, one more thing...(like Colombo would say)...I favor flying to my exotic destinations, then locally charter to enjoy the islands. I am not too crazy about sailing blue water for days to get to my destination, as I have a limited amount of vacation days to use. I'd rather enjoy the islands as soon as I can; hence no long distances cruising. (Circumnavigation, while it is a lot of fun, is not worth my limited vacation time.) Mauritz
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It can be a bit overwhelming, so just take it step by step, take a breather once in a while, and don't rush. Experience takes time. Welcome aboard.
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