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Re: My first sailboat


Congratulations on your first sailboat. You couldn't do better than the San
Juan 23 in my opinion and you will fins a few hours surfing the San Juan 23
Internet Fleet WebPages and Bob Schimmel's Techtips will pay big dividends.
It's for sailors like you that we write and maintain it. Many of the
questions you ask have been discussed by our skippers and can be located in
the WebPages or in the majordomo e-mail archives. Welcome aboard. Do you
want to be signed up on our skipper's list? If you do, send the information
directly to me and I will get it done.

Chuck and Barbara Vande Wetering
40 Bald Hill Road
Friday Harbor, Wa 98250
"We can't control the wind but we can adjust the sails"

----- Original Message -----
From: "Paul Borghese" <pborghese@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <sanjuan23@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, November 01, 2002 5:04 AM
Subject: My first sailboat

> Hi everyone,
> I have purchased my first sailboat, a 1982 San Juan 23.  Now all I need
> to do is learn how to sail :-).  The last time I had touched a sailboat
> was in 1991 when I took a weekend course.
> I currently have the boat at the slip of the previous owner where it has
> sat there for a few years.  The previous owner cut the cable which
> allows the raising and lowering of the swing keel (where was this cable
> located anyway?).  He said because he never trailers the boat, there is
> no reason to ever lift the keel.  Is there any way I can tell if the
> swing keel is in the down position while the boat is in water?  Someone
> also told me there should be a locking pin on the keel to prevent it
> from swinging up.  I can not find this pin anywhere.  Does it exist?
> I also need to obtain a motor.  Any suggestions on where to purchase a
> motor?  How many inches of shaft do I need?  Motors seem to come in two
> sizes, 15" and 20".
> Any suggestions on how to rig the boat (I assume that is the proper term
> i.e. put the sails up :-).  Most books I find tell you how to sail, but
> not how to get your particular boat in sailing condition.  I thought at
> one time I had found an online copy of the owners manual, but I can not
> find it now.
> Here is another newbie question for you.  When you look under the port
> seat inside the cabin, there is a pipe that comes out of the floor and
> ends at a point.  The pipe is bent about 30 degrees and the point is
> serrated as if to hold a hose.  The pipe has a knob.  The entire thing
> looks like a spigot similar to what you would find in your hose, just a
> little more modern, and painted black.  I was going to turn the knob,
> but decided against it since I know what happens when you turn the knob
> to the spigot at your house :-).
> Finally, any suggestions on new cushions?  The current set is in
> horrendous condition.
> The boat is located at Lake Lanier just outside of Atlanta, GA.  If
> anyone wants to go sailing, give me a shout!
> Take care,
> Paul Borghese
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