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We bought a boat! Then, we bought another one. Very unorthodox, right?

Allied 36' Princess Ketch http;/toseaornottosee.com
Allied 36′ Princess Ketch

So, we have two thir­ty-six foot sail­boats and zero sail­ing expe­ri­ence. Not bad for sail­ing new­bies! We’ve got­ten over the first hur­dle (buy­ing a boat) twice. Our first sail­boat, a ketch-rigged Allied Princess needs bot­tom paint, a motor, and a new stuff­ing box. It has been on the hard since last year, and because of our hec­tic sched­ules, we have put plan­ning our first sail­ing trip on the back-burn­er.

A month ago, we acquired anoth­er sail­boat, a sloop-rigged Islander 36. For­tu­nate­ly for us, her motor was an easy fix and she’s had a bot­tom job recent­ly, but she needs to be moved from her present loca­tion in a cou­ple of weeks. Although we are new­bies, the pres­sure is on to learn all we can about sail­ing before we bring her down to Flori­da from Mary­land, which means read­ing those sail­ing books I bought when we thought the Allied would be our home this sum­mer.

Now, plan­ning for our first trip (sail­ing down the East Coast of the Unit­ed States) and pick­ing out the most vital sail­ing infor­ma­tion is of pri­ma­ry impor­tance. Know­ing we are bal­anc­ing self-preser­va­tion with throw­ing cau­tion to the wind, we are work­ing towards being as pre­pared as pos­si­ble in the time we have left. So, for right now, we have stopped watch­ing the videos of peo­ple sail­ing the world hav­ing fun in exot­ic places in favor of a sail­ing 101 blitz of how-to books and videos.

My Process for Remembering Anything

First, I read a chap­ter of a sail­ing book, under­stand­ing only 50–80% of it; then, I use YouTube videos to fill in the holes. I have spent the major­i­ty of my time read­ing Sail­ing for Dum­mies, Get Real Get Gone, and The New Com­plete Sail­ing Man­u­al, in addi­tion to a selec­tion of new and archived Good Old Boat mag­a­zines.

Here are the Ama­zon links to the sail­ing books I pur­chased through their site. These books have been the back­bone to my self-study.

Get Real, Get Gone

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