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Old 03-26-2010
Tempest Tempest is online now
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Most " sailing" requires little or no navigation skill at all. Most recreational boating is piloting. I learned to sail on a reservoir...moved to a bay, then to the ocean.

Access to water, expense are probably more limiting factors to growth.

Basic navigation isn't that hard, and has been made even more accessable with modern electronics. ( though one should know the underlying principles) Besides some common sense, and basic math skills, it requires a level of curiosity and a willingness to learn

I take people sailing all the time..including trips up the coast..who claim that they want to learn how to sail. Very few, though, seem to express a desire to know/learn the navigational aspect. Rather, they are content to fish, take photos and drink my beer and rum!! After we dock, of course!
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Last edited by Tempest; 03-26-2010 at 06:29 AM.
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