So there I was, winds gusting to 8, waves cresting at 1.5 ft! My first sail on my new to me Catalina 30
. Not only my first sail on a new boat
, my first time piloting a boat
in and out of a marina on any boat
. I relied on all of my experience doing the ASA
class on the Flying Scot, and kept her upright and off of objects.
I learned a ton though. I am not ready to single
hand a Catalina 30
(I did have others on board, but tried to do as much myself as possible). The bimini
is awesome for keeping the sun off of you, but sucks for seeing the windex and tale-tells. Navionics
on a tablet is great for situational awareness.
If you head
into the fairway to my slip, it is on the opposite side of propwalk. It only took me two tries to get into the slip, but I was very grateful to have others onboard once I was in between the pilings.
This was yesterday. I really wanted to go out again today, and walked the docks looking for someone to go with me, but unfortunately, no one was available.