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Old 08-24-2012
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Re: Power boater looking to learn to sail

I agree that small boat experience will make you a better sailor. But you can start off with a large boat, and if your intention is to start off with a 30'+ boat, it makes sense to take a course based on a larger boat. What I'm saying is either way will work.

Larger boats are more forgiving (in general) when it comes to sail trim, tacking, etc. but they have their own challenges over small boats such as docking, handling the loads in the lines, sails; and engine issues.

Many sailing ASA schools offer a 101/103 package over three-four days. See if you can find one that does 101 on a small boat and then 103 on a larger boat.
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