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How long (years) would you say it would take a beginner to learn sailing and be able to handle a 40' along the coastlines of US?
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How long (years) would you say it would take a beginner to learn sailing and be able to handle a 40' along the coastlines of US?
Your question is a lot more like "How long is a piece of string?" than you probably realize. I'll let others chime in with more nuanced answers, but to answer your question directly, I'd say 1-3 years if you were FULL TIME dedicated to it, and 3-7 as a part time proposition depending on your effort and study, 6-15 as a background thing that you didn't devote a lot of time to, but did devote some.

BTW I'm assuming that you mean singlehanded since that's the title of this thread. Cut the times by 30-50% if you are taking COMPETENT crew with you.

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Thanks MedSailor, and Yes, I'd be single handed doing this as I don't plan on support crew, although the wife would be onboard.
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Hello Sailor's
There are some great sailors on this site. In your opinion. What sailboats would you consider to fall into a top 10 category for easiest and best to single hand sail in a coastal environment. This would also include the possibly of living aboard? ( length 30 to 38 foot ) Use Up and Down the East Coast, Bahamas
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When it comes to single handed operation, everybody seems to be talking about boat size and rigging. Single handed operation on open water is possible on nearly any size boat in open water, but if you want to single hand docking then you should look to some other factors:
  • Amount of freeboard
  • Keel configuration - as it impacts turning and sideslip
  • Propellor. Some give miserable reverse, others have good thrust in reverse

Essentially you want the boat to be strongly influenced by steering and engine (fwd and reverse), and less influenced by cross winds. Full keel does not want to turn and wing keel doesn't mind going sideways. Fin keel, low freeboard, and Maxprop or similar will keep you in control. Bow thruster is possible, but not needed unless other factors are working against you.

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In this size range you have two real options. The first is a cat rigged boat like the nunsuch, everything else you just have to set the boat up to do it. No boat out of the factory is set for single handed sailing.
catrigged are very nice for singlehanded. Only one sail to worry about. If you were looking for a sloop, I would suggest something with a self tending jib

most any boat can be set up for singlehanding.

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