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Re: New to Sailing but Want to Learn
Pick up a trailer sailor in the 25 foot range. It's big enough to make mistakes and loose some gelcoat but not get wet. Small enough to make mistakes and loose some gelcoat and not get broke. That way you can learn to sail, to anchor and to whiz over the pushpit while underway and the wife's not looking, all while you're still young. Most of all you can find out if sailing really is for you. If you're unlucky and you love sailing, you can trade up for bigger prizes, maybe a 34 footer. Whatever you do, classes or not, be sure to get a certification in Sailing and Seamanship from your local Power Squadron. You'll learn all sorts of stuff that will keep you out of trouble, out of the hospital and most important, off YouTube. Things like knots and knots, drinking and sailing, and who has the right-of-way on the water. (knowledgeable sailors chime in now). Seriously though, get as much training and practice now so you can keep the boat comfortable in most if not all weather. It will pay dividends with the Admiral. Though there are some incredible lady sailors out there, it's often more of a guy thing, for whatever reason. So, if you want her to go and be part of this new endeavor you don't want her to be scared or uncomfortable with what you are doing. Know what you are doing, look the part and she'll be there with you. And make sure to keep a bottle of Merlot and a couple of glasses for anchoring. The rest is up to you.