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Looking for a starting point into sailing, it has always been a dream of mine to sail around the world. I have travelled to all sorts of places around the world and the ocean seems like the last frontier. I am looking for a place to start, such as a crew job of some sort. I am young and relatively healthy and have no problem working hard but want to learn the basics. I want to sail the open ocean and was wondering if anyone had any ideas.

Secondly I am interested in buying a trimaran (probably something around a 30-40 footer) and am looking for some buying advice from people with experience with these boats. I have never sailed before (have been on sailboats once or twice but never did anything to consitute calling it sailing at least for me). I have heard that trimarans are good liveaboards, and stable and seem to have ample room on them. Any help would be greatly appreciated. thanks:
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Welcome to Sailnet.

If there's a yacht club or a marina nearby, go hang out, introduce youself to the people there and you'll likely get plenty of free advice, and possibly free experience. Many people routinely sail shorthanded (esp racing) and would be happy to take and train new people. Make sure you're reliable and show up when you say you will or you won't get a callback.

I'd get some exposure to boats of different types before taking the plunge and buying your own. Spend a season on OPBs (Other Peoples Boats) first. You'll make better decisions on your own behalf afterwards

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Faster gave you great advise. I would pick up a small cooler to bring some snacks and some beer, to say "thank you".
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Welcome to Sailnet. I'd highly recommend you read this post to get the most out of your time here on sailnet.

If you're looking to liveaboard a trimaran, I would highly recommend you not get a folding design. The folding designs will often have less space aboard due to their being designed to accommodate the folding requirement.

However, a fixed beam trimaran is often very difficult to find a slip for and often much more expensive to haul and launch. There are some very good designs that would work for living aboard and long distance cruising.

Be aware, that a 30-40' trimaran is a fairly expensive boat to purchase, own and maintain. I'd ask what your rough budget is for purchasing the boat, and highly recommend you set aside at least 15% of your total budget for refitting, modifying and upgrading whatever boat you do get, since sailboats are not like cars, where they are ready to go just off the lot. Most will require some modification to make them work for the way you will sail it.

Another option would be to make the boat yourself. If you have the resources and skills, you can make a 35' trimaran in about two years.

I'd also recommend reading the following books:

Sensible Cruising, by Don Casey, Lew Hackler
The Cruising Multihull, by Chris White
Multihull Voyaging, by Thomas Firth Jones

It would help if you said how old you are, and what resources you have... the more information you give about yourself, the better advice you can generally get.
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J-spaceboy,

go the the US or British Virgin's and charter a boat and a captain, especially if you want a multihull, and spend a week on the boat you want to purchase. I don't think triamarans are generally chartered, but maybe. Then talk to the captain, he'll have stories, and you'll get the feel of life aboard.

Every bar you go into, ask if bartender to introduce you sailing livaboards, he'll probably be one himself. This'll give you a peek at the sail around the world part.
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One warning about Faster's advice... finding trimarans to crew on is going to be rather tough...since the majority of the boats are monohulls.

It would also help if you said where you are located... since local knowledge might make a big difference.
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One warning about Faster's advice... finding trimarans to crew on is going to be rather tough...since the majority of the boats are monohulls. .
Gee, thanks, SD.... I was trying to tempt him away from the "dark side"... now you've gone and ruined it....
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ok well I am 23 years old, looking to spend somewhere around 20 grand, and live in Nevada right now (yes i know its not near any oceans) so that is kind of a problem as of yet..... i have an adventure truck I am putting on ebay soon and will help finance my trip...... any more ideas??? i mean is that too little money should I look for a bigger mono hull? i just really had my heart set on a trimaran
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