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post #10 of Old 09-03-2004
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Best way to learn how to sail?

My husband and I want to learn how to sail, but we have been receiving mixed messages on the best way to go about it. Our long term goal is offshore sailing. We have been told with this goal not to take lesssons in a lake but go directly to the coast. Also not to buy and boat and cruise on a lake but buy at the coast to get to learn sailing with a current. Also just to take a basic course and not bother with the intermediate as you can learn that on your own. I feel if we buy a small keel boat on a lake it must give us some valuable experience????? Plus we could get out more often as we live inland not near the coast? The argument to this was learning in a lake doesn''t give you much experience for offshore??? Your opinions would be appreciated. thankyou
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