Sunday, January 29, 2006

Motorist Alert!

A certain sixteen-year-old got his learner's permit on Thursday and got to drive for the first time ever in a parking lot near one of the marinas today. Now to get him enough practice so he's ready to drive the slalom course around traffic cones in reverse and practice parallel parking ... with our boat in tow, of course.

At least he's a decent helmsman, so maybe that bodes well for Gerald's driving. And, I think CA and Gerald are talking about driving right now ... while we decide which sailboat video to watch.


At 9:43 PM, January 29, 2006, Blogger Tillerman said...

I sincerely hope you do teach him to back up with the trailer in tow. I did a sailing coaching course with a bunch of US college kids a couple of years ago and they admitted they had no clue how to do this. I ended up teaching them all a practical lesson on the subject as part of my instruction assessment.

At 12:16 AM, February 05, 2006, Blogger Pat said...

Trailering will absolutely be part of his early driving training. ... especially now that the sailing club is operating the mast-up storage lot! I learned to trailer, launch, and retrieve boats during the first few months after I began driving. For sure Gerald will do likewise, and with the big boat and trailer, small boat trailer, and a utility trailer, we can give him all sorts of experience. And, if that isn't enough challenge, we have a couple of friends with commercial driving licenses and trailers for their 31 to 35-foot-boats!


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