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Old 12-10-2021, 01:31   #1
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Hi,

Pleased to meet you all. Just wandered in to learn more about Sailboats, cruising etc. Already hooked on several youtube channels. Looking to learn to go cruising when getting close to retirement.

I'm currently a Glider (soaring) instructor, so looking to change the air to the sea. Lot's of familiarities though between both sports i noticed.

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Welcome to the forum Zen. There's a lot here to learn and have fun with.

"looking to change the air to the sea. Lot's of familiarities though between both sports i noticed." I heard Captn. Sully said the same thing.
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Zen - I was a CFIG as well and flew competitively in standard and 15m classes (LS-6b and Glasfluegel304), I've got all my diamonds . There are a lot of similarities between gliding and sailing. Of course the primary aspect is that people in both sports know that the real power is mother nature and that meteorology is key.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Zen.
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Hi and welcome from Ontario Canada
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Hi everyone.

Yes there are a lot of similarities of course meteo , but also navigation, wing polars, fibreglass work and probably also a bit maybe the risk profile 😁.

I have an asw20 glider

One of my flying friends said its like flying with one wing in the water and one in the air. So looking forward to the new experience. Im based in Belgium by the way
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Zen - navigation is a bit different on boats and there's a difference between speeding on a boat at 8 knots and cruising between thermals on a glider at 70knots. I still own my LS6 and I moved to Arizona mainly so that I could fly all year

The concept of polars is the same when sailing, but when on the ocean they aren't quite as important.

Unfortunately, transitioning to sailing from flying forced me to learn new skills:
  • Plumbing
  • Water rationing (not just dumping ballast on the final home stretch)
  • Provisioning
  • Weather avoidance (at <8knots you aren't going to outrun weather)
  • Waves & cooking
  • Navigation (much easier when you can unfold maps completely)
  • Anchoring

Luckily in a boat you can heave-to or anchor and get some sleep, and usually you have an autopilot to relieve you. Radar and AIS are great additions to visual scanning for collision avoidance (and those scans only need to be done every 10-15 minutes or so at sea)
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Zen - navigation is a bit different on boats and there's a difference between speeding on a boat at 8 knots and cruising between thermals on a glider at 70knots. I still own my LS6 and I moved to Arizona mainly so that I could fly all year

The concept of polars is the same when sailing, but when on the ocean they aren't quite as important.

Unfortunately, transitioning to sailing from flying forced me to learn new skills:
  • Plumbing
  • Water rationing (not just dumping ballast on the final home stretch)
  • Provisioning
  • Weather avoidance (at <8knots you aren't going to outrun weather)
  • Waves & cooking
  • Navigation (much easier when you can unfold maps completely)
  • Anchoring

Luckily in a boat you can heave-to or anchor and get some sleep, and usually you have an autopilot to relieve you. Radar and AIS are great additions to visual scanning for collision avoidance (and those scans only need to be done every 10-15 minutes or so at sea)
Hi Zanshin,

Just had a look at your blog and seeing the name you chose for your boat, probably minds a like , like similar things :-)

I'm still at the dreaming stage though and besides one day sail in the netherlands last year, i haven't sailed much yet. But i worked on a cruiseship when i was 21 and we did a day sail in hawai then. And ever since that day i knew i would want to do it later in life myself. So the time is near to start planning it.

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