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Has anyone out there just bought a sailing vessel then went sailing, with zero sailing experience? There is mention of one guy in the forum that went round the world with zero sailing experience and I was wondering if there is anyone out there that just went and bought a sailboat then took off coastal cruseing or other?
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It is sort of debatable the zero experience thing. That guy may have had zero experience but he was apparently not the only guy on the boat. However I think if you took some precautions, used some common sense, did not do anything too crazy, read a book or two, talked with people, took small steps, go for it.

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Has anyone out there just bought a sailing vessel then went sailing, with zero sailing experience? There is mention of one guy in the forum that went round the world with zero sailing experience and I was wondering if there is anyone out there that just went and bought a sailboat then took off coastal cruseing or other?
I'm sure there have been. But the ones who posted in SN saying they were going to do it either never left or they are still out there.

I can't think of one who returned to say that he did it.
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re: no sailing experience ocean crossing

When Tania Aebi first left she had very little experience. Also have a friend here at our marina that bought his first sail boat and a how to sail book on the same day and left from FL to NJ on the outside (this was before gps) He said it was a rough trip, but he made it.
All that being said I don't think their are many folks that go that route.
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Check out Jessie Martin:
You can buy his book on line, their is also a DVD on his trip you can buy on line.

Amazon.com: Lionheart - The Jesse Martin Story: Jesse Martin, Jesse Martin, Paul Currie: Movies & TV Amazon.com: Lionheart - The Jesse Martin Story: Jesse Martin, Jesse Martin, Paul Currie: Movies & TV



Jessie did sail for a few months with another skipper to get experience. But he had only somthing like 3 days experience on the boat he took around the world on non-stop and via the 5 great capes. His book is a great read, and has some great heavy weather techniques and repairs descriptions. The lad really knew how to take care of his boat and how to learn on his own. DVD is great, his own video is used.
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Here is one that Started with 0 sailing, and went around over about 8 years, yes some was with others on board, but it was a 5.5M boat. http://www.bluemoment.com/pdf/shrimpy.pdf Enjoy
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When Tania Aebi first left she had very little experience. Also have a friend here at our marina that bought his first sail boat and a how to sail book on the same day and left from FL to NJ on the outside (this was before gps) He said it was a rough trip, but he made it.
All that being said I don't think their are many folks that go that route.
I would like to talk to that guy at your marina. I have bought the book now all I need is a sailboat. What gave me the idea was I found what appears to be a boat like I want in Hawaii at a reasonable price. Going to Hawaii from the west coast is easy I am told but the eastward return trip is not so easy.

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I would like to talk to that guy at your marina. I have bought the book now all I need is a sailboat. What gave me the idea was I found what appears to be a boat like I want in Hawaii at a reasonable price. Going to Hawaii from the west coast is easy I am told but the eastward return trip is not so easy.

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The eastward trip is difficult. Especially now we are headed into winter and large low pressure systems are developing south of Alaska. this will bring big swell, rain and high winds along the route. Summer is better, but you need to sail north of the big high pressure system- it can be a long trip. I am located on Oahu, let me know if I can help you in any way.
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Check out Jessie Martin:
Jesse Martin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
You can buy his book on line, their is also a DVD on his trip you can buy on line.

Amazon.com: Lionheart - The Jesse Martin Story: Jesse Martin, Jesse Martin, Paul Currie: Movies & TV

Jessie did sail for a few months with another skipper to get experience. But he had only somthing like 3 days experience on the boat he took around the world on non-stop and via the 5 great capes. His book is a great read, and has some great heavy weather techniques and repairs descriptions. The lad really knew how to take care of his boat and how to learn on his own. DVD is great, his own video is used.
well if he can do that at 18 I at 66 ought to be able to make a short trip from Hawaii to Oregon with zero experience. I can just engage the auto pilot and go watch tv. Shouldn't be hard, right?
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The eastward trip is difficult. Especially now we are headed into winter and large low pressure systems are developing south of Alaska. this will bring big swell, rain and high winds along the route. Summer is better, but you need to sail north of the big high pressure system- it can be a long trip. I am located on Oahu, let me know if I can help you in any way.
thanks Casey. Offshore of the Oregon coast can get pretty nasty this time of the year also and the bars have well deserved killer reputations. How long would the trip take?
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