Well, it's been a busy two days, between driving down from NY yesterday morning and getting everything squared away. But, I'm in the slip. Wifi
working! As luck would have it, the boat was sitting in the launch bay when I arrived. The dockmaster came on board and was ready to help me get in the slip. Except they hadn't got around to dewinterizing and there was a huge trawler
in the slings, which meant my boat had to move pronto. So, their mistake, their decision to put me in the slip with the tender
. All's well that ends well! Had I needed to dock, the conditions were quite benign, so it may have been fairly manageable.
I'll read through the posts where I left off, after quickly glancing through a moment ago.
I'm feeling a little overwhelmed by everyone's kindness in offering advice and help. For someone new to the sailing community, it's very, very heartening to know that folks are so forthcoming and welcoming. My experiences over twenty years with another water-related community (that shall remain nameless!) have been strikingly different. And, I'll leave it at that.
Everyone I've met here in Annapolis
couldn't be nicer! Prior to the boat acquisition, my only visit here was Easter 1967. Such a beautiful town.
I'm sure to have more questions as things progress. After daysailing J24s, but having no experience with a cruising boat, this is quite a leap. Not to mention a radical lifestyle change! I've had nothing but encouragement from both my closest friends and my dear wife of nearly forty years, who all want to see me fulfill this long-held desire. I've done quite a bit of "book learnin'", but know there's lots more to learn by doing. Over the last 24 hours, I've been learning
by the minute! As for asking for help, I have no big ego or need to swing my you know what. Better to seek help than to do something regrettably stupid.
I'm spending the next week or so working on getting ready to go sailing. A sailing club buddy is coming down the week after next and staying for five days.
Once again, thanks to everyone who responded. Hope to encounter some CF folks along the way. Fair winds to all!