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Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you did not do than by the things you did do. So, throw off the bow lines ... sail away from safe harbor ... catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. ....... Mark Twain.

Dont hesitate boldly go and "Do it" (see the "do it" web site). It does not matter how many hours tuition / experience / training every time you head out is an adventure and your nerves tingle with anticipation and aprehension and so they should because that is what its all about.
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The knowledge you need is quite small...learning how to use that knowledge takes a lifetime of practice...which is why we plan another 50,000 miles before we quit.

Good luck to all beginers it is a wonderful lifestyle...
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take the plunge

Go for it! You won't regret it if you truly try.

But realize your limitations... Start small, get the hang of it, and move on. Step by step. Push your limits, but be able to know what those limits are.
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Thank you all so much for your replies. This has long been a draw for my husband, who also grew up on the Great Lakes. We compromised 11 years ago and spent six great years living in a 35 foot fifth wheel while working and traveling around the US. But five years back in the herd now has us itching for the next adventure. Now, I find myself as intrigued by the idea of a life on the water as he is. Living in the Tampa Bay area as we do we have the perfect opportunity to make the dream a reality.

I have never sailed, or really even spent any time piloting a boat other than my kayak. So I'm starting off slow, meeting with a friend to learn on his sailboard. I'm considering looking for a club to join and looking into the classes available. We haven't set a time line, but hope not to put it off for too long. Any other suggestions, tips or guidance is greatly appreciated!

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The only suggestion I have is, do it now, don't put it off; Get a boat, move aboard, then set your cast-off date, say 5 yrs, spend that time getting to know every inch of your boat and upgrading to fit your needs, all the while you can take your lessons and possibly you can take them on your own SV.

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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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We had zero experience, but no fear. We bought a small boat and learned...then we bought a bigger boat and still learning.

A sailor once told me "Sailing is simple, sailing well is more difficult" he is so right!

Do it, buy a boat, learn, listen, ask questions, don't listen to landlumbers or nay sayers that think you are stupid. Read as many books as possible and get out there, make mistakes and learn from them. You'll look back in a few months and ask why you didn't do it sooner. Trust me.

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We had zero experience, but no fear. We bought a small boat and learned...then we bought a bigger boat and still learning.

A sailor once told me "Sailing is simple, sailing well is more difficult" he is so right!

Do it, buy a boat, learn, listen, ask questions, don't listen to landlumbers or nay sayers that think you are stupid. Read as many books as possible and get out there, make mistakes and learn from them. You'll look back in a few months and ask why you didn't do it sooner. Trust me.

Good luck.
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It is about 98% common sense BUT the other 2% of the time you do need to know stuff and get it right. EG lights at night in the English channel and closing speeds.

Like lots of other people I learned on a small boat read a lot then set off from the UK without much big boat knowledge but got to where I wanted to go. Had 7 great years cruising and am off again into retirement on a boat.
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I know less than Nothing about Sailing, But, as soon as I can, Im Buying a Boat and Jumping in with Both feet.. Full on Live aboard. me and One 50lb dog..
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