Re: From Dinghy Sailor to Cruising
Just wanted to say that although it was expensive, my wife and I took a 5-day ASA course in San Diego where we got to live aboard a 31-ish Beneteau and get private lessons each day in the bay. We spent the first two days learning the basics on a little Capri 22 footer which by day 3 we were able to take out on our own and sail with no problem. Days 4-5, we sailed the boat that we had been living on and aside for the steering into the dock and a few additional lines to pay attention to, the difference were fairly minimal. The end result was that not only did my wife realized that she really could do it (be comfortable on a boat and enjoy sailing) but we built confidence as a team in a variety of situations. Oh yea, plus we got to hang in SD for a week :-)
I guess my point is that having the confidence on a smaller boat translates to confidence on something bigger...