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post #10 of Old 07-22-2013
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Re: asa school vs buying own 20-30ft and teach self?

You are comparing $1200 in classes with buying up to a 30 foot sailboat. Its not really a fair comparison. Even if you bought a boat for $1200 the long term costs will be much higher as will the benefits. After buying your own boat you may still have to pay for lessons anyways. As there is not much organized sailing in Utah unless they popped up since i left 2 years ago.

I have sailed the Salt Lake and Bear Lake and liked Bear Lake better for sailing, the GSL is kind of nasty, there are also nicer boats on Bear Lake.

Analyze all the costs of ownership and if you can afford it go for it. One thing to consider is where do you want to sail eventually? If it is the tropics or the ocean, can you afford a small boat in Utah and vacations in the Caribbean? Also experience in a 25 foot boat on a lake may not apply to a 40 footer unless you have some other experience. Owning your own boat lets you get started on the learning process.

West Wight Potter 14 "Lemon Drop"
Oceanside CA
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