Good for you! We did it. Bought an O'day 35 a year ago and doing great!
Read, practice, learn. The day we got the boat I hired a guy and his girl, for $100 bucks from Graigs list, to help us sail to Marathon. By the time we got here, we could sail. It is easy and all the fear we had, vanished.
Most important is be safe. If sailing single
hand, don't use auto pilot untill you know you will not fall off! Also we sailed for a year no further than 10 miles off shore. The first few months about 1 to 3 miles out. Buying
the boat. After learning
and reading in here, we did ok. Now we have bought some more sailboats and are fixing them up. Keep in mind what things cost to fix. I got a good deal on the ODAY, but knew I would have to make chain plates and do the rigging
. I did it with some great freinds in boot key marathon florida
(for search engine) and saved some money
. Of course don't sweat the small stuff. Have a good Engine
, I like a keal stepped mast
. Some must have a protected rudder
, some are ok without. It's all easy stuff to learn. Just read about the pitfalls. PEOPLE SAY~ it's a lot of work
. I SAY, so what! beats working out in a freaken gym with air con!
Ya, the boat life you have to move your body around. It is good for you! Still to this day I simply love the dinghy
ride to our boat. It is not for all, but it may be for you. Another good thing, if you are around a bunch of BS, you can just sail to the next town! Of course Boot Key is one of the best. (sorry freinds, they won't all come!) Have fun Good luck! Boot key, Dan and Lupe
Originally Posted by popeye777
Hello everyone . This is my first post . I am planning on buying a boat and learning to sail this winter . It is a life long dream of mine ! Does anyone have any suggestion for me on how I should beat start this adventure . Thanks in advance Popeye
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