Owning a boat is expensive - sailing is generally free or available at low cost. I take numerous guests out sailing during the summer and over the years no one has ever paid a penny (except me). When racing I am often looking for additional crew, generally minimum qualifications are:
- a reasonable good disposition
So if you want to go sailing at little or no cost:
1. look up any area sailing programs, there's often some community groups providing low cost sailing. For example I learned years ago at http://www.community-boating.org
in Boston. Looks like an adult can sail there now 8 hours a day, 180 days a year for $190.
2. Check any local yacht clubs and race programs for crew wanted or crew available lists (for exaqmple http://www.hbphrf.org/hb_banks.htm
) Racing is not everyone's cup of tea, but there's plenty of demand for semi-knowledgeable crew and even some demand for just rail meat. Plus you have tyhe opportunity to get in with like minded people who share the same passion, or is it actually mental illness? Opinions differ.
3. Get to know area boaters by any means including visting the marinas and boatyeards and asking people questions about their boats and the boat scene. There's nothing sailors like better than the opportunity to talk about sailing...
As pleasant and enjoyable as sailing is, its usually more fun sharing it with others, so the others get free ride, perhaps at the cost of bringing the beer.