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Discus bridgedeck

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:10 pm
by Novice x2
Hi if there are any discus owners who wouldn’t mind questions from a newbie (silly or otherwise haha ) please get in touch . Paul & Liz cheers

Re: Discus bridgedeck

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:07 pm
by Nigel Birch

Re: Discus bridgedeck

Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:25 pm
by TyroSailor
Rule 2 - there's no such thing as a silly question. We were all there once.

Re: Discus bridgedeck

Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:12 pm
by Novice x2
Hi sorry about that haha we are new to boats went on a sailing holiday last year quite by chance and fell in love with sailboats and being 65 this year don’t have much time to learn an awful lot !!

Re: Discus bridgedeck

Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:45 pm
by Jolly Roger

Where are you based? There may be another Westerly owner who could help you learn the basics on either their boat or yours (when you take the plunge). If you are near Kent, I would be happy to take you out on my Fulmar.

You are the start of the learning curve on boat handling, but the more you sail the more experience you will get. If you can sail regularly on a race boat you will learn how to set sails, navigate, work the tides, etc.

I am of a similar age to you, but I sail singlehanded most of the time. You need to learn confidence in your own abilities and how to overcome problems as they happen. That is where experience comes in to help build confidence. OK, I started sailing in 1965 on my parent's boat and by the end of the decade I was racing in cruisers and dinghies. All of this helped in learning how far to push the boat, well beyond a cruiser's norm. Later when when I stopped racing, then I went fast cruising - which I still do today.

You have already taken your first step to becoming addicted to sailing. Hope you enjoy the ride. Do not worry about asking questions, stupid or not, as the better informed you get will make you a better owner and sailor.