Learning the HARD way...
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Boston / Ft Myers Area
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Garffin has the right idea. One of you, at least, should take a sailing class, or join a sailing club. Both of you should be able to schmooze your way into sailing with friends that you meet through the class/club to find out if you like it, love it, or hate it.
After being forced into sailing on the lake as a kid, I took my first class in 2005. I quickly found out that I loved it.
My wife had literally never been on a boat in her life (except the Martha's Vineyard Ferry). When I brought her out with some friends for the first time on a club boat, I could tell by her white knuckle grip on the gunwhale and silence that it was going to be a difficult day. Fortunately, I brought some wine, good coffee, and king crab legs for dinner. After the wine and crab, I had her join me below to make coffee. "This is just like a house!" she declared. After we raised the anchor, and started back to the club, SHE took the wheel!
Right now we are anxiously looking for our first boat; a 33-36 foot coastal cruiser.
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USCG Licensed OUPV Captain, ASA 101/103/104/105/106/118 Certified Instructor - Also certified in Recreational Marine Electrical Systems