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  1. Did a search, havent seen this posted yet. Sailboat hits power lines, all lower Florida Keys lose power. http://amp.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/florida-keys/article216457725.html
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    ASA Courses (101,103, etc)

    You're going to want to get to atleast ASA 104, but 101 and 103 are required prerequisite courses to take the 104. Start at this link, and take a read through the descriptions. The ASA website is actually very well laid out and I think does a pretty good job of explaining what you need to know and what you'll be tested on. https://asa.com/certifications/asa-101-basic-keelboat-sailing/ Lifted from the ASA website: ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing Able to skipper a sloop-rigged keelboat of approximately 20 to 27 feet in length by day in light to moderate winds (up to 15 knots) and sea conditions. Knowledge of basic sailing terminology, parts and functions, helm commands, basic sail trim, points of sail, buoyage, seamanship and safety including basic navigation rules to avoid collisions and hazards. Auxiliary power operation is not required. ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising Able to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered (inboard or outboard engine) keelboat of approximately 25 to 35 feet length by day in moderate winds (up to 20 knots) and sea conditions. Knowledge of cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather interpretation, safety and seamanship. ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising Able to skipper a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered keelboat of approximately 30 to 45 feet in length during a multi-day cruise upon inland or coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds (up to 30 knots) and sea conditions. Knowledge of provisioning, galley operations, boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, routine maintenance procedures, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation including basic chart plotting and GPS operation, multiple-anchor mooring, docking, health & safety, emergency operations, weather interpretation, and dinghy/tender operation.
  3. DialedN_07

    ASA Courses (101,103, etc)

    I think your experience is exactly what I'm trying to accomplish. Potentially test out of 101 then go up from there. My only problem with testing out is that there is no instruction. Not that I feel I need the instruction on those basics, but I like watching other people do things so I can either adjust my approach, or build a new hybrid to improve my previous method. I'm getting a new boat so I'm just going to sail this year and then look for the courses first of 2019
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    ASA Courses (101,103, etc)

    Unreasonable, no. Practical, no. We are about 3.5 blocks from the beach and public beach access. Although city code allows for non-motorized boats to park temporarily on the beach, there is very soft sand, and I'd have to not only build/buy a large tire rig to get the boat on and off. I'd have to slide it off the trailer and onto this contraption, then pull it (by myself) to the beach through deep soft sand. If I want to sail in the ocean that much, I'll just brave the waves and try to learn a little bit more about tides and currents between now and then to try and anticipate the best time to get back in.
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    ASA Courses (101,103, etc)

    Yes and no. (I don't mind my threads going off topic, I like forums because I can actually ask questions specific to me and get real answers instead of reading about someone else's situation and trying to fit their square peg into a round hole). There is no logical way to bring the boat from the canal into the back yard. The pitch is too steep, and the ground level too high. I'd put tremendous strain on the bow trying to winch it up, then even when I got it up, how can I get it off the lift onto the trailer? It just won't work. It's only 2 NM from the house to the bridge, so I just have to sail or motor sail down there and back every time. I did leave the boat tied to the dock overnight two weekends ago, and there was absolutely zero growth on the hull after I pulled it out. So I've basically decided that I'm going to have to get a swing keel for my next boat. The intricacies of launching a wing in low tide, or at the closest lake to me (impossible) are very difficult. I've heard first hand that you must launch only at high tide at the beach and also have a trailer extension, or it WILL NOT work with anything other than a swing. After Sunday I don't know how much desire I have to go out in the ocean anymore. The swell was awesome, even if a bit rough at times, but the inlet was too much for me to handle in my boat. Going out was okay, but the waves coming back in are a lot even for a power boat, so I think I'm going to stick more with ICW sailing until I get a bigger boat with a bigger motor to more safely navigate the inlet. This greatly reduces times I can sail at the beach, because unless I'm on a beam reach type wind, it's just not a lot of fun to force your crew to move every 3 to 5 minutes to either tack or jibe. I still want to sail at the beach, but this moves me more to being able to easily trailer the boat. The lake that I sail most is average depth of 15-20 feet, and is only 5-6 ft deep until about 40 yards off shore (thus extremely shallow boat ramps, impossible to launch wing keel). I'll store the dinghy under the beach house with the mooring cover on it, and the new boat either in my driveway beside my garage, or in a warehouse owned by the company I work for. I'm 75% sure I'm going to join the sailing club at Lake Waccamaw, NC. Their dues are $250 per year with $250 initiation, and $15/yr mooring ball fee. I could leave the boat rigged and covered at the lake and just go trailer it from there when I want to sail at the beach (the lake is on the way to the beach) Choices so far have been (in order of preference) Catalina Capri 22 Catalina Capri 18 (would like to know more about cockpit size of this boat vs. the standard Catalina 22 'non capri'.....I know Capri 18 cockpit is 6'10" but don't know about C22) Catalina 22 Catalina 22 Sport (way out of my price range) Hunter 216 or 212 Hunter 23.5 (know next to nothing about this boat) A little more information than you asked for, huh??? lol
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    ASA Courses (101,103, etc)

    Understood. And my philosophy has always been to dive in head first, and that's exactly what I've done. I am ABSOLUTELY not a pro, and could REALLY use some help in various aspects of sailing (example, sail trim) but have found this forum, YouTube, and other avenues extremely helpful. I've read the entire Sailing for Dummies book, have practiced MOB drills, have hove to in multiple conditions just to see if I could do it. Have capsized my boat twice and righted it single handed. Also have a knot book with practice rope at home. So yes, a month and a half, but I've put in 196 nautical miles and 50 and a half hours on the boat in that timeframe. Although S has not HTF quite yet, I've tried to put myself in some tough spots with reasonable expectations of safety and have learned quite a bit from that Your last couple comments are basically what I've done. I've researched what is required to pass the ASA exams and instead of just going off and floating/blowing around, I practice practice practice. It's interesting to see the different takes, and yours seems to be the philosophy that I started out with, but thought that an instructor could potentially give me the extra 10% that I'm missing due to my lack of experience. Could you elaborate on the fringe benefits you mentioned about the ASA courses?
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    ASA Courses (101,103, etc)

    Yeah....made a few of those Sunday...
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    ASA Courses (101,103, etc)

    I've been mostly single handed sailing for about a month and a half now. We are looking to get a bigger boat current (American 14.6), but I'm pumping the brakes a little bit and starting to think about getting some seat time on other boats and maybe taking some classes and getting first hand experience on a few different boats before making a semi-permanent decision with thousands of dollars. With that being said, there is a sailing school 30 minutes from our beach place that offers a wide array of ASA courses. In a 10 minute phone conversation with the owner, it seems like a good fit for general knowledge of what I'm wanting to do while sailing, and is conducted in the ICW and also semi-close to shore out in the Atlantic. Any experience with the ASA courses? I've already taken the basic boaters safety class (which I'm not required to do in my state at my age) but I think ASA is going to be much more comprehensive and specific to sailing, but I'm curious as to the value that others have gained from these courses. I don't plan on buying a huge boat and doing charters, but for the knowledge gained, am thinking about a multi-year plan where I take 2 courses per year and just start at 101 and work my way up from there. Is there a better strategy to gaining seat time and knowledge? Any other recommendations or things to look out for? My initial plan is to take the "expedited" 1 day ASA 101 class, and then gauge my learning and experiences from there. Thanks for any feedback.
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    The fine balance of Family and Sailing

    Sorry for NEWB comment, are you referring to the Catalina 22, the Catalina Capri 22, or the Chrysler 22? I know the Capri has a larger cockpit space which sounds more ideal for quick daysails and the like. Where the Catalina 22 sport (hard to find available in my experience) is potentially even better space on deck The Catalina 22 is all over the place and super low price, but the cockpit on the 22 foot I believe is smaller than that in my 14.6 ft dinghy! I'm taking interest in this thread as I'm in exactly the same 'boat' as you. I have to trailer, I don't give a rats ass about any cabin space (not exactly like you) but I can't find anything. Assuming you're going with a swing keel version?
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    The fine balance of Family and Sailing

    OutofOffice, any progress? Any thoughts on the following: Precision 185 Hunter 170 or 216 (hot in Texas, no cracks?) Capri 16 or 18 American 18
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    Estimating Sailing Time?

    Okay....I've been sailing a lot recently, but nothing really exciting to report. Took family and friends out. Had an amazing time. Got solo (sort of purposefully) stuck in a rainstorm on the ICW when the wind shifted dead down the waterway in the direction I wanted to go....(can you say tired of tacking?). Next day had 4 people total on the boat, it was close but not overcrowded, learned my mother doesnt enjoy ANYTHING but a completely horizontal boat!. BUT BEST OF ALL...got tiller extension, clips for extension (oops too small), boom vang, line for boom vang, telltales for main and jib, new stars and stripes, and bigger coolers! Havent used any of the new stuff yet but will be installing and testing this weekend. If all goes favorable, the next plan is to sail from Holden down to the equivalent of the SC border and back the following weekend. More family boating this weekend, so maybe nothing exciting to report, but who knows. PS, does anyone have a suggestion where can pick up some eyestraps for the mast and boom? I waited too long to order and want to get the vang on for this weekend to test. I have an awful Jerry rig in mind, but would rather just rivet the thing on and go with it.
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    Exemplary Cruising Videos

    Watched em' all and waiting for the newest upload. Anyone else think he looks like Jim from the office? John Krazinski
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    Jib/genoa sheet problems

    Butterfly hitch. One sheet, continuous. Start watching this video at 1:30 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KE01A1se8Zc
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    Estimating Sailing Time?

    Those prices there are insane! (good) Nicely done sir. Thank you. The only thing I'm struggling with on this is the vang key. If (as @fastyacht says below) I need a bail for the boom and mast, then the key would do me no good correct? I'm assuming I can just use the bail and forego the key and the plates, correct? I don't know if those would even fit my boom and mast because I'm assuming they are not identical diameter and/or shape as the laser. Would this also apply to the mast as well? I would imagine I don't want to put any unneeded stress or weak points in the mast. Especially if I'm drilling holes. I think I'm going to see if I can find something that will act as a boom/mast bail at the hardware store. I may be over-simplifying it, but it appears that a "u" shaped piece of SS and a bolt long enough to go through with a nylon nut on the other end will fit the bill. Or is there a reason to have to travel to West Marine or somewhere else to get one of these?
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    Estimating Sailing Time?

    You guys are awesome. Thanks for the tips. I may potentially end up giving both of those methods a try. I'm not super keen on the hose clamp idea as I'm not sure how I would keep it from raising up the mast, but again, without a lot of tension, I'm sure I could put a few lbs of pressure on it with no problems. Again, as you mentioned, it would only be a temporary/test idea anyway. I'll certainly keep an eye out for the Laser vangs. If you were to find one, how much do you think a setup would reasonably cost? Thanks again for the detailed response. I'm soaking it all in. One thing I'm a bit confused about is putting the eyestrap on top of the boom. My boom has a slot for the foot of the sail, so I can't wrap anything around the boom. The sail would block me from doing so. Also, I'm not sure what you mean by using the "bail". What is that? My one requirement for the vang would be that I can remove it when I have my wife on the boat so she can move around easily. When she's on the boat, the extra knot or so is of zero significance. I was thinking the quick-link was a great idea even though it may be a weak point, and I would potentially try to put one on the top and the bottom of the vang for the disconnect feature. Any other ideas of how to make the setup non-permanent?