Re: First boat, no experiance, what to get?
And if we are talking sunfish and lasers I would laugh at you for taking classes on such a boat. Unless your a child or feeble. Seriously, those boats are just about idiot proof and sink proof. Just hoist the sail and go (specially on a SunFish) and they are GREAT for learning because you really get a feel for sail points and trim. Plus you can heel those babies damn near vertical before you take a drink and its nothing to re-right them and keep plowing ahead.
You need nothing but a VHF, life vest, and laser or sunfish to become a sailor.
If you are talking larger boats with systems then books/forums/experience comes in. Do not get me wrong I am not against advocating safety and preparedness I just dont think you have to take sailing classes to learn to sail. Thats all. Dont be stupid tho... Some old millionaire lady recently bought a moody with no experience and tried sailing it off in the sunset... Last I checked still no word? Yea, thats stupidity.