Originally Posted by jasenj1
...Joining a sailing club sounds like a good idea, but seems expensive - at least where I am, or maybe I'm not looking right. Are you talking SailTime or similar? Or joining a "yacht club" that has boats available to members? Or something else?...
Yes, SailTime is one, however many of ASA's schools are also tied to a sailing club
that offer rental boats with a membership. I don't know where you live, but here's a link to the NY Sailing Center Club
as an example.
Clubs may seem expensive, but after you factor in all the expenses you described (and there are many more you haven't), sailing clubs are a bargain, and they go a LONG WAY in helping eliminate a poor choice in buying that first boat for the newbie.