Originally Posted by CorsairA7E
Thanks! I'm in the process of getting a trolling motor and trying to find a sailing school nearby. Unfortunately, Indiana isn't known for alot of great places to sail. It looks like I'll have to drive 3-4 hours one way (to north Chicago) just to take lessons.
You sound like a sharp guy and could probably figure it out without formal lessons. Get a beginner's book like US Sail's "Start Sailing Right" and after reading that, practice on land. Hoist sails and learn what all your rigging does. Go out on the water in your boat. Make sure you always wear your pfd. Get away from obstacles and shore, point into the wind and hoist the main. Don't even hank on the jib until you master the main.
Best bet might be to put an ad in the paper, Craigslist or something similar for your area and see if there's somebody in the area who knows how to sail and will go out with you.
Plan to capsize that boat so do it and practice righting and bailing. It's an important part of dingy sailing.
It would be a shame not to do it just because lessons are so far away.