When I left the Navy
, I planned to buy a boat. Considered power which I was used to. Deep down though, sails
always drew my attention. My dad raced sailboats back in the 60's and 70's and he had friends with that would take us out and about when I was very young. Sort of got into my blood I guess. Friends and I used to rent small sailboats in the bay and mess around when we were in port. Finally decided to trip the trigger and buy my own. That was in 1995...it just took a bunch of years to actually make it happen.
I am still learning
sail trim. Not hard to get it moving, but getting things tuned well takes a lot of practice. The piloting aspect is easy enough. Have experience on the water
. What is different for me is the keel
. Thirty Six Seas will turn inside of its own length. Freaked me out a little the first time I threw the helm
hard over. Never had any of the motor
launches react that way.
Okay, life story there...sorry
How about you? Do you have experience, or are you starting fresh?