Friday, June 24, 2011

I Have to Learn What?!?

In the infancy that is my research, I've come to the conclusion that all of you sailors are crazy!! :)
And I dig that about you (that might be a movie line reference I think - Wedding Crashers perhaps?) The basic skills required to truly set off on your own safely, and as inexpensively as possible are impressive.  I'm going to list some of the skills I think are helpful if not necessary.

Sailing - If I can't do this then I might as well just sit in a houseboat somewhere
Small Engine Repair - dinghy motor not working, and my poor arms are too soar to paddle!
Diesel Engine Repair - I know I wanna sail, but sometimes you just have to have the motor right?
Fiberglass/wood repair/upkeep - Have to keep your house clean and safe right?
Small appliance repair - Not a must, but if you have a fridge or other appliances, you want them working
Electrical systems work - Want those solar panels, wind generator, boat electronics doing their job
Navigation - Sure the GPS will get you there, or will it.. What if you have to figure it out on your own?
Sail/Canvas Repair - You need sails to move or so I'm told :)  If they are ripped they need fixed!
VHF Radio - Need to be able to use one properly
Anchoring - I want to sleep relatively soundly if I'm on the hook!
Open Water Swimming - might need to get out there and check your boat at some point.

And lastly - A desire for adventure, and exploration!

I'm sure the people on the water now are looking at this list and laughing at everything that is missing!  I'm on dirt - give me a break :)  But honestly, it's incredible how little the modern American - or anybody else - knows how to do on their own. 

So over the next couple of years I hope to add quite a few of these skills to my knowledge base, and show my journey to learn them through this blog.  Feel free at any point to add to this most-definitely incomplete list!

Good Sailing to You and Yours!



  1. It's not as bad as you think. Most of sailing is good sense. I make it up as I go along...

    This is the story of my first real boat.

    Preaching switch is engaged;

    Your mileage may vary. All facts have been altered to make the writer sound smarter than what he really is.

    Don't get tangled up in facts. Just go boating and be brave.

    Preaching switch is now off.

    Stop by and say hi!

  2. I can tell from your comments that I will enjoy your blog. I'm entertained already! :)

    I've heard that a lot actually though - just go do it. Learn along the way seems to be the overriding message!