Originally Posted by matuin
I'm 24 years old, going on 25, and I'm going to retire in 25 years. When I do my house will be paid off and I'll have a large amount of money saved. I want to learn to sail by then and I want to buy a boat to sail the west coast and to Hawaii whenever I want. what kind of classes and training do I need in the mean time? What is the best boat for a 2-4 man crew? What kind of prices would I be looking at? I was thinking of a 40 footer. Any suggestions?
Great plan. Enjoy now. I ran a sailing school for 10 yrs. Sailing is simple and logical. Take what you know and use it. If it doesn't look right or feel right it isn't. There are many Learn to Sail courses available. Take a weekend or week's course to start that has you in the boat doing hands on learning. Go down to your local yacht club and walk the dock on a race night and ask to crew. You'll start as rail meat. Watch and listen and learn. Soon you will have new friends and boats to practice your skills aboard. It is great life. Go for it. Capt Marty 800-419-6403