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Old 11-17-2012, 09:08 AM   #1
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Sailors and Boaters thread...

I was a Sailor in the Navy, and later became in love with Boats and Sailboats after I got out of the Navy. After some years with Power Boats and Jet-Skis, I decided to learn and get a Sailboat for my retirement. So now I`m learning the sails on the H-16 I got. I`m already sailing by myself ( main sail only ) and can do almost everything, I think I`m ready for the jump to a full size sailboat.
Tell us your experiences with Boating/Sailing.
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Old 11-17-2012, 10:50 AM   #2
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That's the best kind.
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That's the best kind.
The 'yak is definately a lot of fun, but if I lived near big water I'd be all over learning to sail!!
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The 'yak is definately a lot of fun, but if I lived near big water I'd be all over learning to sail!!
I don't live near anything above a lake so I like small watercraft
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Old 01-21-2014, 08:58 PM   #6
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Nice cat, you should upgrade to a larger one. I have a dolphin senior which is pretty fun in a small lake. The best part about sailing is you don't have motor maintenance
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I grew up around boats. My dad had a 30' sailboat when I was little but he sold it when we moved and instead bought a camp on a lake. So most of my life, since 10 years old, I grew up around lake boats ~20ft.

A few years back I bought myself a jet ski and that's been great for trips around the cape and to Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket and block island but now I have my sights set on a ~25' cuddy or cabin cruiser so I can camp on it. Only problem is, with that I have to buy a truck. So that will sit on the back burner until I can afford a truck and my JK. I love sailing but I've always been around motorboats and love seeing all the places I can go.

I also built this:
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Old 01-27-2014, 10:47 AM   #8
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Do not buy a sailboat until you have spent 10 years crewing on other people's boats. Owning a boat is much like owning a jeep. The saying about boats is "it is a hole in the water you toss money into"
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Boat= Brake out another thousand!
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Old 01-28-2014, 10:18 AM   #11
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ASA certified sailor here. Took classes in both Marina Del Rey, CA and Pensacola, FL.

We had a 37' Beneteau 373 that we bought in 2004. Deep water keel for California sailing. Sailed from MDR down to Ensenada with my dad! Best trip ever!!! Then we moved to Alabama and we moved the boat from Ensenada to Orange Beach, AL. Would have LOVED to sail it thru the Panama Canal, but that'd be a LONG trip and no time (plus wrong time of year). So we trucked it.

We live 6 hours away from the coast, so getting down there was tough, expensive, and a PITA due to prepping it for any hurricanes that may come near (none ever damaged her more than a bent stanchion which I replaced).

Her buildout included the whopping 27 HP Yanmar diesel and 33 gallon tank, electric windlass for the anchor, autohelm, radar and GPS, full galley with fridge/freezer, oven, microwave, full head with standup shower, transom with sprayer and ladder, furling main into the mast vs dropdown, gas grill on rear of deck, bimini cover (which we added not long before selling her). With the autohelm, she was very easy to control by yourself. We'd often sail in Santa Monica Bay or off Ensenada with one of us just relaxing while the other would work the sails and trim them out.

One of the great things about a sailboat is NOT paying so much for gas to play for a weekend. The entire time we owned Sera, we put diesel in her tank 3 times only.

We sold her because between boat payment, insurance payment (with hurricane ins), slip fees, maintenance fees (washing, zincs, etc), and transport costs to go down there, it just was more than we wanted to deal with. We still love to sail, but haven't done it in a while. My wife loved working the sails/sheets and tweaking it for every bit of speed while I took the helm and navigated us to our destinations (though we could both do all the jobs).

We still want to do an offshore sail at some point, but we'll put a sailboat back in our plans soon.

A few pics of our Serendipitous...

In Alabama...





Off the coast of California...




Outside of the entrance to San Diego... note the calm, pacified water...


In Pensacola Bay...


In Ensenada...

Do we miss her??? HELL yeah.
Do we miss the payments??? HELL NO!

But nothing like being in your slip at night along the ICW, having a barge pass by, with that low rumble, then the nice gentle wake rocking the boat, and you, into a pleasant sleep!
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My wife and I bought a boat before we were married, before we bought a house! I loved the ocean and fishing/cruising. Our last boat was a 30 ft Pursuit Express new in 2001. Then I got the idea to move to Utah, sold the boat and headed West. Within 3 months I bought a new 2005 LJR and went from boating to Jeeps, ocean to desert!
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Our last boat, a 1982 H25


We are now looking for our next and we hope it will be a 1988 Catalina 36!
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Old 06-11-2014, 11:03 PM   #14
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I learned on the ICW in Melbourne, FL. Although, my experience is only limited to sailing a few handful of times. I've sailed a Club 420, Flying Junior, San Juan 21, Ford 20, and my friend's Easterly 30.

I'd like to own, and live on, a 30' - 40' sailboat and sail about the world using celestial navigation, with GPS as a backup and/or dead reckoning. Unfortunately, I have to pay off near 40,000 in student loans, get a job, and buy a Wrangler TJ. Oh boy!

Gaff-rigged sailboats are by far the sexiest!
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If anyone is interested, there are some good sailing adventures on YouTube. They all have different styles and presentation methods.

DrakeParagon's The Real Cruising Life - Drake and Monique with s/v Paragon (Westsail 42)

Cruising Lealea - Chuck and Laura with s/v Lealea (Albin Vega 27)

White Spot Pirates - Nike with s/v Karl (Reinke Super 10)

Sailing Simplicity - Teresa and Ben - I think they are boatless at the moment(?). Last I remember they were finishing up with the editing of their movie, but I could be mistaken.

There are probably more, but these are the ones I have followed for a while.
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Old 06-15-2014, 10:31 PM   #16
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I have an 08 18ft Mariah. Soon as I get rid of it I'm finding a friend with a boat....either that or buy another kayak.
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Old 06-18-2014, 01:55 PM   #17
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A sailor all the way. I had bought a Santana 20 sailboat; spending several years. renovating her. Sadly due to a severe injury, I had to sell my beloved Santana. I still have a 17 foot Bayliner; which worked for what I had and will have (towing abilities)
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