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post #5 of Old 07-13-2011
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Originally Posted by stefrrr View Post
So... in my searches for sailing classes in my area, I came across a sailing club, Island Sailing Club with locations in Olympia, Kirkland, and Portland, OR. It looks attractive, because we're still renting after our move here last year (buyer's market my @ss).

Figuring out the cost of joining, monthly dues, the basic and coastal cruising courses for my SO and I, I'm looking at about $3500 for the first 12 months. This seems pretty reasonable for unlimited access to a fleet of 7 older but maintained boats, 4 of which were available on the perfect Sunday we visited. Plus 1 which would be available after completion of a third course, but I don't see us getting that far in one year.

Has anyone here been a member of a club like this?
The first question I would ask is how many other people also think they have unlimited access to the boats? I do not know what percentage of your figures are for training verses simply using the boats ex post facto but I'd want to ensure that I could use a boat when I wanted to do so, within reason. No?

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