Great Sailing in New England

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Great Sailing in New England

Growing up on Long Island Sound, Gino Del Guercio was no stranger to sailing. Yet it was only in 2012, after years of sailing other vessels, that he and his wife Carolyn decided to acquire their own boat. They have no regrets. Since that time they have become even more passionate about the joys of sailing: lovingly restoring their new craft, the Andiamo, to its original luster; enhancing their sailing skills through classes; exploring New England’s intricate coastline; and meeting new friends along the way. New England is renowned for...

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Selecting a Boat

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Selecting a Boat

    One myth about sailing is that it is prohibitively expensive when, indeed, there are boats for all price ranges and travel goals.         One can purchase a “day sailer” for approximately $5000 to $10,000.  This type of vessel will offer plenty of fun and opportunities for exploration on weekend trips.  It can be attached to a trailer and brought to the water as desired.   At the other end of the spectrum are 30 to 40 foot cruisers which sleep 4 people and can sail around the world.  They...

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More Great Reasons to Sail

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More Great Reasons to Sail

Some of the joys of sailing are obvious:  the playfulness, the sense of discovery, the beauty of the ocean.  Yet the avocation of sailing has offered Carolyn and Gino other less-expected benefits.  The process of restoring and maintaining a boat has led to shared time, new skills and a sense of common purpose.  Learning the arts of sailing and navigation builds expertise and confidence.  It is also a great relationship builder:  both people must learn all tasks onboard, and both must communicate effectively and respect each other’s...

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Preparation

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Preparation

  The first step in getting your “new” boat ready is to make any necessary repairs, especially those that affect safety. Our presenters used Shaw’s Boat Yard in Dighton, MA which charges a rate of $75/hour for boat work.  Last winter, the owners did many restorations themselves while the boat was indoors.  Some of these repairs were “electives”:  improvements that restored the boat’s former beauty.  Part of the joy of sailing is caring for the boat itself.   Your preparations will also include...

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Fabulous Destinations

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Fabulous Destinations

One of the chief joys of sailing is the opportunity to visit fabulous destinations.  Some of the Del Gercios local favorites have been Vineyard Haven, Naushon Island,  Little Compton, Battleship Cove and Edgartown Light (pictured at left). They also greatly enjoyed sailing the coast of Nova Scotia.  When sailing, the journey to each place is part of the pleasure, and being on the water allows one  to savor each location from  multiple and unique perspectives.       This slideshow requires JavaScript.    ...

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