Re: Should I spend thousands on lessons, or....
I teach the basic keelboat course part-time so take this with a grain of salt.
I learned to sail without a school. Got the rudiments from my Dad, then knocked around in Turnaboats and 110s up east til I sort of knew what I was doing.
I was a kid, and had all the time in the world (and little money and my own boat), so it worked for me.
Less time? Not sure if you'll like it? Then you might try a lesson or three. You'll pick up fewer bad habits along with the good ones.
Then I agree, go race. That's what *really* taught me. Try to pick a skipper who's not a screamer. Or become one, just don't scream. Your crew can teach you stuff if you don't scream.
Last edited by nolatom; 11-30-2012 at 11:12 AM.