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post #9 of Old 01-31-2010
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Ok I will oblige you. First look in your local classifieds , craigslist, sailboat trader , to find a boat in your price range. call them up and tell them that you want to look at it. If it looks ok and you think that it is cool tell the seller that you like the boat, but in this buyers market you can't give a nickel over $650 less than the asking price. make sure that he shows you how to raise the sails and all of that type of stuff. On your way home buy a learn to sail book. If possible schedule a ASA basic sailing course , if not just go out on a decently windy day with one of your buddies and break a few things on your new boat, don't be a wimp you will figure it out. This is also the time that you will learn that the previous owner maybe got his $650 out of you. ABOVE ALL ELSE do not try to raise the sails without making sure that the sail is somehow connected to the halyard or you will have to find a new sailing buddy after the 2 of you have to step the mast. Make sure that your anchor rode (rope) is longer than 50 ft or you will just drag around while you are trying to relax. After each sail log on to the sailnet forum and tell us your troubles and someone that has been doing this since they were born will explain exactly how to correct your problem, unfortunatly you will not understand a word that he is saying. No you don't need a liscense to sail if you own the boat, yes you need a drivers liscense to pull one, a marina costs from $50-$300 in avg assuming first timers are not buying a 50 footer. Make sure that you have have all of your lights on and good anchoring overnight ,n case of an emergency press the red button.
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