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post #3 of Old 07-08-2011
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Four years ago, I was in the same place. Grew up on and around powerboats, worked on powerboats, owned powerboats, but had only been on sailboats three times (two of which were on a sunfish). We bought our first sailbaot, 30ft., read a lot, watched videos, then had someone with knowledge take us out a few times. Definately a learning curve, but not rocket science. Just make sure you are comfortable with not always being able to go to certain destinations given weather and time constraints. If you agree that being on a sail boat is the destination, then you will love it. I also love ribbing our friends with powerboats about how little fuel we use. Good to still have friends on power boats, though, for those days when it is really hot and no wind, and you want to go out for swim or a trip to a local restaurant. Best of success on the switch.
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