Originally Posted by benjamen
If you don't come from a sailing background, how do you get started without taking a class? I couldn't imagine figuring out which boat to buy with no prior knownledge of what is good??
I didn't come from a sailing background. I bought into a Catalina 27 after going out on two half-day charters to get some pointers.
How did I know the Catalina 27 was the right boat for what I wanted to do? I didn't. It was just available, ready to sail, for a very good price. That was good enough for me.
The thing I made sure of is that it had a good motor so I could always get out of trouble (or bang into the dock with more speed). I also made sure to go out in very mellow conditions while I learned. And I read and watched how-to videos (and still do) A LOT!
Dude, it's really not that hard. Just be conservative and safety conscious - and be very observant in order to educate yourself. You probably won't die.