Re: Sailing On A Shoestring?
Everybody sails on a shoestring. Some are just shorter than others. Racing weekly will give you plenty of experience with different situations & crew. A willingness to participate in seasonal and weekly boat preparation will take you a long way in learning boat ownership skills too. Look at these as the building blocks you will need to build your future sailing and boat owning plans.
I have many years of boat manufacturing & service experience, and a lifelong love of sailing that started in summer camp. We race crew with an owner that was on the 1952 German Olympic Sailing Team, and it's amazing to see the 17 year old alive in a man that is now in his late 70's. He's competitive and knows more about making a boat go than some of the club members that think they know it all. Maintenance is now beyond him, but my wife and I have stepped in to fill the void.
Find your way to a like-minded owner and you will be on the right tack. Sail on!