Sailing - I found a sunfish on the side of the Rd on Long Island
in 2008 just before my first kid, yes bad timing . The first drive by my inner not even husband voice said if I spend a cent on that she will
Kill me . . . But then on the sencond go around I saw that the sign said “free” -
Coming out of South Africa
, I almost couldn’t believe it. I loaded that thing like it was stolen .
Given my reality of the sound being , unsound ,’I never once tipped that sunfish , I even introduced sailing to my dog maci at the time , i am sure she said a few times along the way that she needed a bigger vessel if this was going to be a thing.
I got three boats for free on Long Island
shortly thereafter, not all at once , but over a couple of years , had a 19 Catalina
, a 25’oday , a 15 Chrysler mutineer , each with a cool little tale , but I am sure you don’t have the time. They were all good enough to sail , and bad enough to feel good getting the bottom painted staked down and rolled over at low tide !
The Chrysler was epic , I only experienced about 15 mins before the mast
came down , but she was lightning
. The deck
had rotted out and the base gave out . Someone watching from their northport home promptly csme out and towed me in ! The others had better luck on the ODay, , my first born was about 11months old st the time and would not stop until she was standing on the bow holdng the railing - under sail .
We Then moved back to cape tOwn South Africa
, late 2010, it was only about a month before my sailing stories had my grandfather set to get a sailboat . It was a Theta 26, built on the Vaal damn. Needless to say she was a lake boat
/ but someone before us refitted her for the ocean and with the intention to sail long distance , but ran out of money
. She was a beaut , super wide beam for a 26’foot, with a head
, nav station , and and and , headroom
! In SA, one must get a sailing skippers ticket , I had just finished getting piloted so the nav and such was ok, still always hard ! It took me a while to fit it all in with work
and small child ,’ needles say woman not happy about it all ! This paired with weekends In the communities teaching ones to grow food
We sailed for almost five years out of Simons town Harbour into false bay and out to the Indian . I never went around cape point and out to the Atlantic although I had thought about it a million times . My skippers ticket was restricted to 21 miles from home port . I never had time to further my license
so I always stayed “roughly “ 21 miles from Simons town ! Wow wind
blOws hard in Cape Town
, maybe one or two champagne evenings ! To date ! Just kidding , had many hot days with a light breez drifting along the shores watching the cliffs . The ticket thing is a big reason for South Africans and others , to come to the USA , find a boat
at a usually unimaginable price
, or free, and sail her back home without the maritime restrictions of needing to be heavily certified to go offshore
. In America like with aviation , mostly on a private level , providing one is not putting others at risk , and can get Approval from a couple of salty boys from this site , have at it rings a lot louder than the fees
at home . I read an article in about 2011 of a South African man who was red green color blind and therefore by law , was pickled in South Africa
and dreams dashed of sailing internationally , until he csme over to the USA , found a boat in upstate ny and sailed her safely , red and geeen on the correct sides of he boat , back to SA. He even had to climb his mast
to the very top mid Atlantic , and described it as being a top a telephone pole while it was shaken violently from below , his color blindness keeping him from seeing red during ! In South Africa
, it is outlawed to come to America and get a pilots lisence to then return and “convert” it to a South African one ! As they see it as “too easy “ ! In America I can walk out of the test room the day I get my HPPL, and rent a machine up
To 12500 lbs , that’s a big bird ! Providing I can follow one regulation pertaining to that flight ! In South Africa , that journey of ultimately flying bigger helicopters is governed far better than a Robinson ! And is far more costly .
Bounce we now back in New York
, leaving for Florida
in a few months , have been living on Cayuga lake and sailing a Catalina
22 , wife’s water
broke on her with our third child last summer , we were about just in time ! Then we went back out for a week just after The little one came . It was very special . That. Catalina was a gift also ! Csme with more gear
than I have ever had on a sail boat ! We spent days on her , got a bit small by this year !
I have been going up
And down , as it has been time for a bigger boat for a while now , and to broaden the horizons . I have read this site for years as reassurance that indeed ... I was not ready or able to sail any one of my small boats out into the ocean for weeks on end ! For any interested I can share in more detail but as of today , I hold paper to and have had my hands all over , a 1958 John Alden 37 ft coastwise cruiser , hull
779, all wood
needless to say , and right now has holes in places any man or woman keen on a boat,’wouldn’t want to see them but hey , Beggars can’t be choosers and I am ready to put her back together, there are only a couple of boards needing replacement. And the previous owner did a great job on three others already ; plus getting her all opened up .
She is on Lake Ontario
, about an hour and fifteen from where I live .
ANywyas , thank you all for years of good reading and thorough go throughs of so many topics . I would like to discuss my patching ( and future full refurbish ) of “Fari” and sailing trip from Ontario
this August . I will look around and see where to talk about this on your site . Any suggestions welcome
I am in need of some gear
, self steering
, I have auto helm
but looking for a windvane
. Power , I have a few deep cycle batteries
. Looking for solar
panel And turbine. Need depth
, some alerting technology would be nice ! And more Pls help ! Not finding anything reasonable on second hand equipment