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Old 22-02-2017, 14:09   #1
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Howdy Sailors,

This is my first post of what I expect to be many. I reach out to you guys as a mere land dweller with the sailing experience of an infant. I've never actually sailed in my life, but I'm only 22 so I can't think of a better time to change that than now. My appetite for sailing/cruising increases with every story I read and every film I watch - the practicality is what really draws me.

So, I've got about 5 months left until I graduate with my BBA in finance and the very first thing I am going to do upon graduating is get a job as a bank teller in Columbus, Ohio. Just kidding (no offense to bank tellers). First thing I want to do after I walk off the stage is to purchase a Pearson 26 and sail away into the sunset.

In the mean time, I'm looking to stretch my sea legs. I've got my spring break (remember those?) coming up on March 10th - 19th, so what better to do than learn to sail? I'd like to trade my time and labor for essential sailing lessons, just to learn the basics and for the experience. I'll even buy us a six pack to enjoy after class Given that I've never been sailing, even just a regular sail where I could observe/inquire would be a worthwhile experience for me. I'm willing to do manual labor of some kind (maybe clean your boat?); I'm also quite skilled in photography, and I've got 3/4ths of a finance degree, so if there is anything I can do in that realm, I'd be happy to.

Also, I'm willing to travel just about anywhere along the Atlantic coast or gulf coast within the US. I'm based in Atlanta, so as long as I can drive there, I'm there!

Thanks guys!

Nick Masters
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There's a ready to sail Hunter 27 on the Space Coast craigslist.. Can ya swim? Operate and maintain a car or powerboat? Got your passport yet?
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Yes to all three. Not looking to purchase a sailboat just yet, just looking to learn.
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Yes to all three. Not looking to purchase a sailboat just yet, just looking to learn.


However, that is not what you said?
There is a Yacht club in Panama City, that has classes and small boats, other than that I don't know much about it
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Welcome Nick!

Race!

Are you near Lake Lanier?

https://llsc.com/
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Nick,

If I read you correctly? I would suggest learning
the rules of the road, so to speak, first and learn to sail later. Sping break is hardly enough time to learn much.

Sailing is technique and requires the hands on but no one belongs out there without a basic knowledge of protocol if you will.

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Nick,

If I read you correctly? I would suggest learning
the rules of the road, so to speak, first and learn to sail later. Sping break is hardly enough time to learn much.

Sailing is technique and requires the hands on but no one belongs out there without a basic knowledge of protocol if you will.

Roger
Good advice here. Get the first American Sailing Association book "Sailing Made Easy", and learn basics. Parts of the boat, rules of the road, sail positions, etc, then you will have the foundation for the hands on learning.

Good luck, and have fun!
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Howdy Sailors,

This is my first post of what I expect to be many. I reach out to you guys as a mere land dweller with the sailing experience of an infant. I've never actually sailed in my life, but I'm only 22 so I can't think of a better time to change that than now. My appetite for sailing/cruising increases with every story I read and every film I watch - the practicality is what really draws me.

So, I've got about 5 months left until I graduate with my BBA in finance and the very first thing I am going to do upon graduating is get a job as a bank teller in Columbus, Ohio. Just kidding (no offense to bank tellers). First thing I want to do after I walk off the stage is to purchase a Pearson 26 and sail away into the sunset.

In the mean time, I'm looking to stretch my sea legs. I've got my spring break (remember those?) coming up on March 10th - 19th, so what better to do than learn to sail? I'd like to trade my time and labor for essential sailing lessons, just to learn the basics and for the experience. I'll even buy us a six pack to enjoy after class Given that I've never been sailing, even just a regular sail where I could observe/inquire would be a worthwhile experience for me. I'm willing to do manual labor of some kind (maybe clean your boat?); I'm also quite skilled in photography, and I've got 3/4ths of a finance degree, so if there is anything I can do in that realm, I'd be happy to.

Also, I'm willing to travel just about anywhere along the Atlantic coast or gulf coast within the US. I'm based in Atlanta, so as long as I can drive there, I'm there!

Thanks guys!

Nick Masters
Too bad your not taking that banking gig in Columbus, OH LOL. My wife and I are presently in Douglasville (just west of Atlanta) and heading up to Sandusky, OH to board our Great Loop boat a 1984 Ericson 30 plus. We'll be on the Lakes and sailing from next Tuesday until the end of September. My business partner and I buy older model sailboats, refurbish them and then resell them. I don't think we have a Person 26 but can offer other similar vessels at reasonable price and we'd love to take you sailing to both try them out and just learn the ropes (no extra charge). From Atlanta to Harbor North ( just across the bay from Sandusky in Marblehead) is 685 miles and about 12 hrs. I used to drive that in a day but take two now (yes we are older - I have 11 grandkids (most older than you) but we still love adventures and sailing is still near the top of our list. Hope this is helpful. If not please disregard. Good look to you regardless. Fair wind and following seas. Bruce V.
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PM me your timing. I'll take you out and tell you the little I know. Warning; sanding and oiling teak is not much fun but a place to sleep is included.
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For basic understanding of sailing and seamanship check out you local Coast Guard Auxiliary unit for classes. Very inexpensive.
Brucev, Im planning on doing the Great Loop also. Would love to talk more about it if you care too. You can call me @26-392-2220 or email @ kwghome@sbcglobal.net. I live in Mayfield Village and sail out of the Grand River on a Cal29.
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Hi Nick.. welcome to CF..
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However, that is not what you said?
There is a Yacht club in Panama City, that has classes and small boats, other than that I don't know much about it
I apologize for the confusion. I am looking for a boat, just not ready to pull the trigger until late July. Thanks for the info on the Yacht club in PCB, I'm going to look into it.


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Welcome Nick!

Race!

Are you near Lake Lanier?

https://llsc.com/
Racing sailboats definitely sounds like a fun sport to take up! I am about an hour out from Lake Lanier. Thanks for the link to the sailing club; I didn't know Lake Lanier had a sailing club!


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Nick,

If I read you correctly? I would suggest learning
the rules of the road, so to speak, first and learn to sail later. Sping break is hardly enough time to learn much.

Sailing is technique and requires the hands on but no one belongs out there without a basic knowledge of protocol if you will.

Roger
Roger that. I couldn't agree more. I don't want to be one of those drivers that hangs out in the left lane on the interstate
I'm going to take your advice by purchasing a copy of the Chapman Piloting and Seamanship book:

https://www.amazon.com/Chapman-Pilot.../dp/1588169618


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Good advice here. Get the first American Sailing Association book "Sailing Made Easy", and learn basics. Parts of the boat, rules of the road, sail positions, etc, then you will have the foundation for the hands on learning.

Good luck, and have fun!
Thank you for the book recommendation! I've added it to list of books to purchase.


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Too bad your not taking that banking gig in Columbus, OH LOL. My wife and I are presently in Douglasville (just west of Atlanta) and heading up to Sandusky, OH to board our Great Loop boat a 1984 Ericson 30 plus. We'll be on the Lakes and sailing from next Tuesday until the end of September. My business partner and I buy older model sailboats, refurbish them and then resell them. I don't think we have a Person 26 but can offer other similar vessels at reasonable price and we'd love to take you sailing to both try them out and just learn the ropes (no extra charge). From Atlanta to Harbor North ( just across the bay from Sandusky in Marblehead) is 685 miles and about 12 hrs. I used to drive that in a day but take two now (yes we are older - I have 11 grandkids (most older than you) but we still love adventures and sailing is still near the top of our list. Hope this is helpful. If not please disregard. Good look to you regardless. Fair wind and following seas. Bruce V.
Hi Bruce, wow what a trip! I just googled the Great Loop, what a cool trip that would be. Definitely going to add that one to my bucket list. I'm definitely in the market for an older/somewhat affordable "pocket cruiser" so I will be in touch to see what you guys are working with.

Enjoy your trip!


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PM me your timing. I'll take you out and tell you the little I know. Warning; sanding and oiling teak is not much fun but a place to sleep is included.
Thank you Dave22q; I would be very grateful to spend some time learning the ropes with ya. Warning noted, happy to get the hands dirty!
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For basic understanding of sailing and seamanship check out you local Coast Guard Auxiliary unit for classes. Very inexpensive.
Brucev, Im planning on doing the Great Loop also. Would love to talk more about it if you care too. You can call me @26-392-2220 or email @ kwghome@sbcglobal.net. I live in Mayfield Village and sail out of the Grand River on a Cal29.
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Thanks for tip alexanick; I'm going to look into it.
Enjoy your Great Loop trip!
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Hi Nick, Welcome to your new addiction ! I started sailing as a kid ,(small dingys )I'm now 61 and dissabled. So some expireance , but not much. A year ago I took an ASA 101 class and studied to pass the book test. and then 2 full days on the water hands on in a 27 ft boat.(they supply).I LOVED IT !!!! I now crew on a race boat. and have just got a Cruising boat of my own,(Enduance 35). I have always been called to the water. The videos and stories just kicked me to get started. Look up American Sailing Assoc. on the web give them a call , get started !
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Welcome to the community! I have a few days more on this board and quite a few more in years on this fine earth. I am one of those landlocked dreamers in Columbus Ohio getting ready to take sailing lessons in May. Who knows where that might lead. I understand your enthusiasm. The ASA 101 book, "Sailing Made Easy" is a great place to start. I also downloaded an iPad app called Sailing Game, also by ASA. It is a game that teaches apparent wind, points of sail, trimming, etc. Good luck to you!
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Best of luck to you on organizing a fun Spring Break Sailing Adventure!

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