Originally Posted by SkiprJohn
I'm waiting for a report!!!
Well I am tickled to death to provide one!
Sea trial went smoothly, Me + 3 kids
+ Former Owner (Yes, I bought it!) sailed for about 2.5 hours. I learned a lot, and I feel much more comfortable. I've still got a LONG long way to go, but I hope to be able to safely learn on the inland waters before I tackle anything taxing.
It was really satisfying to put to use the reading I've done, both on Potters and general sailing. The former owner explained things very well, but having the book learning
really helped assimilate it quicker.
It took me over 2 hrs to bring the boat
47 miles home, but we stopped for a quick dinner, and I also had to drop 2 off the kids
off at their mom's. My '06 minivan had no trouble at all with the weight, either accelerating or stopping.
The biggest problem I ran into at all was backing into the garage. I had to lower the mast
from the crutch and move it forward from the pulpit bracket to fit it in. I was helped tremendously by the crazy wheel
on the jack, and was able to back and fill the trailer
a bit by hand to get maximum room left over for my van.
I've got a few small things I'd like to do soonish, and number one on the list is getting a weathervane. It might not be as big a help as I hope, but anything to help me determine the wind
direction more accurately would be nice.
I plan to do before heading for the lake is setting all the rigging
up while sitting level in my yard. I took a lot of pictures of how things went, and I do have the manual from IM if I run into trouble, but I'd really like to be sure before I get an hour from home and realize I need help.
As far as the boat
, it still looks excellent. There are a few scratches, most noticeably one up high on the bow just under the deck
, and also some spider web cracks in the gel coat, but nothing to be alarmed about and nothing to prohibit sailing.
The boat performed well in the water
, but I did have to dump the mainsail
once, due completely to my lack of experience. I got slightly overwhelmed while tacking, and dunked the edge (foot? still trying to internalize some terms!) of the head
sail, but no harm done, and I really doubt with ~10 knot
winds I'd was in any serious trouble anyway. Credit to the kids, they took it in stride and made not a sound of protest, although my son ( 10 yo) referred to it later as, "That time you almost flipped the boat over."
There was a race
at the time, so I even got some practical experience navigating around other boats. As far as I know I didn't get in anyone's way, but to be fair I followed the former owner's directions as close as I was able.
I'm not sure of the speed we travelled at nor the distance, nor do I particularly care at this point, as the largest inland lake near me is slightly more than 10,000 acres and the one I plan to sail on is about 5200 acres and 17 miles long, only about 1/3 to 1/2 of the length will be really open to me.
No pictures now, unless you want to see a lot macro rigging
pics, but when I get the chance some night I'll get it out of the garage and snap a few.
All in all I'm really pleased and excited. Sailing my own boat has been a dream for a long while, and it's a great feeling to know I have that option any time I have the time and weather
To all of you that offered advice
and encouragement and a sympathetic ear, I want you to know how much I appreciate each of you. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is get started, and you've made it a lot easier to take this step.