Johnny & Kate

1986 Aloha 8.2

As wonderful as sailing can be it’s not always going to be a beautiful summer’s day with a moderate breeze and minimal waves.
Having previously never owned a boat larger than 15 feet, the decision to buy something nearly 30 feet was a little daunting at first to say the least, especially as my wife was a non-sailor. But, we figured that if all these other people can manage, then why couldn’t we? Buying our boat through Swans Yacht Sales was certainly a big help. Their involvement from the moment we put in the offer to 6 months into the season was priceless; Swan’s helped us every step of the way from charging the batteries to rigging the sails.
Once we were launched it was very tempting to spend the whole of the first season tied up to the dock in Pickering. This ‘boating life’ was already fun, but we knew we had to also attempt the sailing part. Having sailed dinghies as a kid I knew the basics, but knowing how to motor into a dock or reverse out was all new to us. As it turns out, everyone we have met so far in the sailing community has been full of great advice and help, and we’ve felt welcomed into this whole other world out on the water. Two seasons into sailing Lake Ontario and I wouldn’t think twice to send an email to Swans for some advice or tips. Having our boat has been such a great experience; we’ve already found some hidden spots and real gems along the lake, enjoying some wonderful weekends away. At the end of the day if you check the marine forecast and are safe on the water you’re always going to have a fantastic time sailing.

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