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sunnyja

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Posted - Aug 08 2009 :  16:40:49  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello all... finally got my approval to post a question here - I have been "lurking" and reading up on the GSB spots via your posts - great info. in many of them, tx!

Background: I took a few sailing classes in last few years... now thinking of buying a small sailboat to sail on GSB. I live in Queens, so the further west I can be based, the better. It looks like the Amityville area is my best in terms of deeper water, close to the South Oyster Bay side, but not to far from Fire Island... I am posting a long list of questions, just to cover as many as I can in one post. If anyone has any thoughts on any of these, will be very glad to hear your comments... just pick the questions you like! Thank you.
- J.

1 - Service providers: I am very eager to get recommendations in that area (Amityville, broadly speaking, and West) for people or businesses that do work on small fiberglass sailboats - from sailboat surveyors to specialists in hull/bottom/deck, carpentry/tiller/rudder, and general repair for mast, hardware, auxil. motor and motor mounts, electric wiring... open to big yards or a recommended, experienced person looking for some side work once in a while.

2 - Storage/Yacht Clubs: Since I live in an apartment, I need a place to keep the boat year around - a slip in the summer and off-season storage. The perfect setup would be a spot that has some nicer amenities, such as a pool/tennis courts (LIYC is one I am aware of), but where I can also be able to get service and repairs done... all in one is nice, but I would go to different places for summer slip separate from and winter storage plus repair if that makes more sense.

3 - The swimming question: can I assume that most of GSB is good for swimming? As long as I am not in a channel, can I just drop anchor in a shallow spot and swim? Is it true that most of it is full of seaweed/vegetation?

4 - Navigation of GSB: How much effort (time, etc...) is involved in crossing from Amityville to FI under sail, in general? Assume that I will keep my draft under 4'... What's the best way to learn the lay of the land in terms of navigating there? I have an image of the chart on my PC, but is there a good source that puts it all together in an easy to use format - tides, depths, channel markers, bad spots (fishing/vegetation), good spots (Hemlock Cove, etc...) - is there a book or a website on all that? Local area rules of thumb to be aware of?

5 - Boat: Right now I am enamored with getting a 19' Mariner, used. There is one out there... unless it sold. Another, smarter but less emotionally appealing option would be to get a used small sailer like the Zuma. I also like the Freedom 21 but am not aware of any in my price range. I like
almost everything about the Mariner - large cockpit, small size, nice lines... but it takes more work to fix up and maintain then something like a Zuma. I will mostly singlehand, and take out 1 person here and there... so I can definitely get away with a small sailer to learn on. The downside is that, if I stick with it, I will likely outgrow the Zuma very quick, as I get into longer sails and gain the confidence to have more people aboard. I guess this one is not really a question - just more context for you. I do not see myself going with anything larger than 19'-23' to start, and - as I have read - the smaller, the cheaper in all respects.

Thanks again to all for reading and any ideas.

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