- About Dan0
- Vessel Make/ model
- Irwin 37 Center cockpit sloop Sold
- Vessel Name
- Currently Boatless ion Luzon, Ph
- Main frame Computer Programmer/Analyst
- I got into sailing pretty late, I must have been late 30s. The father of a friend, (now son-in-law) invited me for a days sailing on his 25 ft sloop. I so enjoyed the day, I enrolled in a Red Cross Sailing course using Sun Fish on the Potomac River near Washington National Airport. I also took a Coast Guard Course, but do not remember much about it. Once I had my Red Cross certificate, I rented a 16 ft Sloop in the same marina and sailed it on the river a few times. Next I rented a 16 ft Hobby Cat. I managed to capsize that (a learning experience) Once I got it righted, I had no other problems the rest of the day.
After a couple months I bought a 20 or 22 ft Sloop with trailer. I do not recall the brand but it was within my budget. I names the boat "AFTER YOU", had a lot of fun with that name.
The cast iron keel bolt hole was elongated so I cut a few inches from the top and re-drilled it. Looking back, I should have had it welded and re-drilled or put a bushing in it.
I used this boat most weekends in the warmer weather, sailing the mid portion of the Chesapeake Bay, usually alone.
I owned a 30 ft. Bayliner Sloop for 10 years or so on the Bay and lived aboard an Irwin 37 for the better part of a year after retiring (1996) and moving to Corpus Christi, Texas. I sold that when I came to the Philippines (2005), have been land locked here since then.
Time Shares were a BIG thing back then, I ran across a website offering sailboat shares but when I went to the site, shares were no longer offered. Long story short, I wound up chartering from them. The boat, a 40 ft Endever Sloop, was birthed in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. I sailed there for two weeks with 3 non-sailing friends. The Charter company had an affiliation with a German company operating in Turkey. I chartered an Oday 36 there the next year, for two weeks and sailed along the coast there, beautiful deep water. I got my only experience in heavy weather sailing there. thirty ft. swells and more wind than I could handle. I buried almost the front half of the boat before I could get the JIb furled and the Mail reefed. Fortunately the only damage was a very wet V-birth, broken bottle of wine and a lost finder. Another lesson learned (close the hatches if the seas are rough).