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Should I spend thousands on lessons, or....

Good gravy. I've seen this question asked a million times. The answer...OR...

Here's the deal, let's say you drop a poopwad of cash on a crash ASA course...101-115. Is that going to make you a sailor? No.

Sailing doesn't take money. It takes time.

I've reeled in over 1,500 miles of offshore experience. What did I pay? $0.

How you ask?

You learn everything you can about sailing. Then you make sure you're not a complete buttmonkey. Then you whore yourself out as crew for off-shore races in your area.

If you are, indeed, not a buttknuckle, and you know enough to only make pretty small mistakes, and the skipper likes keep going out...for free. The skipper treats you well - because you add something to the boat. And you learn A HELL OF A LOT.

It's simple. You only pay thousands of dollars to become a "sailor" if you're a complete peckerpimple. Otherwise, you go sailing with dudes that know how to sail.

Or you buy a dinghy/beachcat...that'll do it too.

S/V Dawn Treader - 1989 Hunter Legend 40
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