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Old 02-27-2013
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Re: Sailing On A Shoestring?

Another option is to buy a used boat and get out on the water. If you're interested in learning to sail, and don't care about the boat as much as truly learning the art of sailing, boats can be found for cheap. I bought my first boat, a Catalina 25, for $1000. I picked up an Albacore 14 on a trailer for the cost of two dinners out. Sure, the boats needed elbow grease, but all boats do, or soon will. There also may be less expensive venues from which to rent. Our local lake charged something like $20-30 per hour to rent a 14' sailboat. Small, planing boats are great fun, go relatively fast, and really make you pay attention to what you're doing, what's going on around you, etc. They (generally) don't have cabins, don't have heads, don't have high-tech doohickies, etc., but that's not needed to learn how to sail.
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