From my limited experience getting competent in a 45 foot power boat will be easier and achieved quicker than him getting competent on a 45 foot sailing yacht.
I'm equally sure with a desire to learn properly and the right support to do so, theres no reason why he will not succeed.
Lets just hope his wife does not read the forum - or the poor chap has lost before he's even got started.
I wish him all the best.
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08-11-10, 10:42 #11
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08-11-10, 16:10 #12Registered User
Location : Near Windermere
- Join Date
- Feb 2010
We should welcome first timers as they have probably paid too much, not bothered with a survey as it was a boat that the boat broker recommended. He probably said "This boat has everything you would need to be able to go to sea" (apart from brains).
08-11-10, 17:03 #13
I would suggest a subscription to "Caravanner's Monthly"
I'm sure this will join the legions of caravans disguised as boats that can be found in droves all around our coast.....
08-11-10, 19:17 #14
Why are so many making unpleasant comments. Do we as motorboaters automatically assume that newcomers are idiots? If they have the wherewithall to buy the boat then the chances are that they are not idiots. If they happen to read this thread then I guess they would feel pretty upset at people making assumptions based on individual prejudices. It's neither clever nor funny.
08-11-10, 19:36 #15
We've all started at some time, but I sailed cheap dinks off the beach for 15 years before I invested £5k (a massive sum for me in the early 80's) in a small cruiser. So I understood tides & sailing already. I got a self-teach RYA course from the library to get the basics of Charts, Nav, lights, col regs, bouyage etc. I read every book I could get my hands on (& still do) and I joined a club to meet people who were doing it already so I could ask questions. I also did a 50 mile delivery/ shake-down cruise with the former owner who showed me lots of neat short cuts to safe sailing.
It really does worry me that someone feels safe spending 1/4m or similar & just going out in it without any prior experience of pottering around in smaller boats & putting some effort into investigating the risks & how to deal with them. It screams that they have NO IDEA what they have let themselves in for & have simple "bought a dream" which is very likely to become a nightmare.
08-11-10, 20:02 #16
Can't help thinking there is a bit of elitism and smugness being exhibited here.
Clearly if they just try and use the boat without aquiring the necessary skills, they will be foolish. But we have no idea if this is in fact the case.'I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered! My life is my own!'
08-11-10, 20:05 #17
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08-11-10, 21:10 #19
OK, so my first post was really meant to be a joke. I should be the last person to suggest they should have started 120 years ago in a canoe. My first boat was a Princess 32, launched into a very fast tidal river, with my only previous experience being a couple of jet skis. I'm not an idiot (no, really), i did several months of research and study and since then hace continued to do so. I've never had a serious incident, never bashed anyone's boat and have now successfully cruised a large chunk of the East Coast. I have never taken any courses, other than the VHF certificate of competence.
So, here's wishing them lots of fun times on the boat. Here's hoping they take some courses or at least do some serious study and to everything safely. Here's hoping that if the do move to the East Coast, they don't bash MY boat
08-11-10, 22:12 #20Registered User
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- Jul 2010
If the guy has the resourcefulness to buy a 45'er first up he can't be that much of an idiot!