Hello - My name is Doug. i live in Alpharetta, Georgia
I'm new to the group - so hopefully I can look around for information and advice
I spent my high school
years in Coronado - San Deigo - sailing with my best friend on their new HobieCat 14 - both in the bay - and off shore. My friend's older brother was a very successful Star racer
, as such - he was asked (and thrilled) to help shake down Hobie 14 #1 - that's when we had to get one for ourselves. We would actually carry the boat
from the Glorietta Marina - across the strand - and into the ocean near South Beach. There we would surf the august swells with the Hobie, capsize
at times - pop the mast
back up - and do it all over again. - great fun. Back in the day we would also sail out a mile or two - tie off to kelp - and swim around. (Then we saw Jaws - no more kelp swimming!)
Fast forward many years through undergrad and grad school
on the east coast
, corporate rat race
, second marriage, and now I am able to be partially retired. With the extra time now available I've decided that I would like to get back into sailing, along with with my wife and 6 year old daughter - as a family
I'm thinking we will start at Lake Lanier, since we are only a 40 minute drive away from several marinas
. Although I long for a live aboard pocket cruiser
- mono or cat. I'm supposing we will start with a 22-28 footer mono with a low entry price
just to test our the families real interest - I only have one vote.
Since my wife has no sailing experience - we have decided to take the first couple of ASA certification
courses at Lanier - any opinions on a good school for this?
Here is what I (we) are probably looking for - any suggestions are welcome!!
- Easy to handle with 1 or 2
- Sleep up to 6
- kid friendly (easy to get into and out of water)
- store and prepare food
for up to 2-3 nights -
- good price
- but able to hold value or gain value with improvements
- reasonable sailing performance - balanced with comfort
Eager to get knowledge from folks who might have already been where we are
- or know someone who has!
I'll have to think if a snappy nautical term to end my posts