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Old 16-11-2010, 07:38   #1
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Hello CF-- After a yucky divorce, I've decided to chase my dreams of cruising and getting a sailboat. Like a few others' posts that I read, I'm new to sailing (does sailing with grandpa on his daysailor and Sunfish as a kid count?) but not to life on/around the water.

I've been lurking here for a few months, but lately more enthusiastic as I'm getting closer to realizing my dreams. I've learned so much!! I love the mix of information, and the knowledge I've gained from browsing the forums is just awesome! So say hi...and I'm sure I'll be posting more and have been warned!

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Old 16-11-2010, 08:08   #2
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Hi and welcome to the forum. Sailing with grandpa and sunfish most definately count! You've been lurking so you know what a great place to get advice this is.

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Old 16-11-2010, 09:34   #3
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Welcome aboard! Glad to hear of your turnabout on the events of your life. Can't nobody hold you down, now!

Sunfish sailing counts as much as sailing anything else that isn't your actual long-term cruising boat
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Old 18-11-2010, 05:43   #4
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Yes, welcome to the forum! Glad to hear that you are dealing with a divorce as something liberating, rather than limiting. Prior to taking the plunge and actually buying a large (cruising) boat, however, you might want to join a yacht club and get out crewing for a bit; at the very least, you may want to start a bit smaller than your ultimate boat.

Get out on the water, get experience and make the inevitable mistakes in a boat that you won't cost you a fortune when you decide to sell her - either to move up and pursue the cruising life, or to move on to other adventures.


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Old 18-11-2010, 05:55   #5
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Hi there Lurk..... Welcome to CF..
Post for crewing opportunities on here for your area and those you'd like to explore.... there's loads looking for crew... upskill and learn about different types of boats for your future needs..
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Old 18-11-2010, 06:22   #6
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Welcome. 20/20 hindsight from 30 years later, divorce from my first wife was one of the best things that ever happened to me. It was also yucky at the time but no longer.

And yes absolutely sailing on a Sunfish counts. Probably the best experience you can have for proper sail trim and handling. On a small boat you get instant results from whatever you do with the sails so you can see what happens when you pull this line or that. Bigger boats the results are much more subtle.

The big difference is the maintenance, systems, etc. but that is something easily learned with time and practice.

From your handle I guess you are a diver? Taking your own boat is the best way to go.

I am also impressed that someone 71 years old is making such a commitment to sailing.
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As an owner of a mighty sunfish, they absolutely count. A great platform on which to learn the basics.

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Old 18-11-2010, 10:00   #8
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G'Day DC71,
Welcome and congratulations on the new direction. I wish you good luck in achieving the dream...........
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
Love them Sunfish! They are the most successful production sailing vessel ever. More than 50 years of the same design can't be wrong.
Hard to cruise on one but certainly can build your skills.
Good to have you here.
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Old 29-11-2010, 01:53   #10
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Cool profile name! I free dive these days; been so long since I breathed compressed air, but I am still sitting here imagining the sound of the regulator kicking in and out.

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