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When we cruise we have specific destinations we'd like to get visit. If we don't get to all of them - that's OK... but we're usually going from specific place to specific place. We're not really into desolate and quiet anchorages. We'd prefer to sail to someplace that we can walk around and see the sites. For example, when we were in Maine - Booth Bay, Rockland, Camden and Monhegan Islands were all places we wanted to visit. But we love to sail, and you can't beat the price of the fuel, so we have a sailboat. But when cruising, sailing is our mode of transportation, not the reason we're out there.

On the other hand, when we're just going out for the day, we just go wherever the wind takes us and then back to our slip. In that case, we're sailing because we love it!
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I'm not surprised... and that explains a lot. Actually, if you're new to boating, a course is an excellent idea, and the USCGAux or USPS are good sources for basic courses.

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before you just rent a boat... think hard about taking a boating course. In addition, I would highly recommend you go out with an experienced boater first.

I was 17 when I bought a little 15' Runabout. I had been around boats all my life, grandfather, uncles, friends, etc. So I wouldn't say it was the first time on a boat. Well, long story short...we could have been killed or worse, killed someone else. Set out for the first time as "captain" with 2 friends, we got lost, arrested, and fined. The next week I took a basic boating course with the local Power Squadron.

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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
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I should add...

if you were born after 1972, in the state of Maryland, it is required to have a safe boating course certificate.

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Viper, sailing is about the journey, not the destination.

If that sounds too new-age to you, you probably don't want to go sailing.

Sailing can be many things to many people. It is like a chess game, as you try to optimize everything you are doing. And everything on the boat is interrelated. In racing, the boat is one big "engine" and the crew are each a functioning part of the engine, who all work to make it faster. It can be as thrilling as watching grass grow...or as intense as any competition sport.

But just getting a sailboat and going out won't do much for you. Take an introductory sailing course, because books don't teach sailing any more than they teach polo or soccer. See what interests you, and ask around, you'll find other folks that have boats are willing to take you out as novice racing crew, or just for a daysail to join them and see what it is about.

Will you like it? Dunno. I can't figure out why people play golf or football either.
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Viper,

This is just my opinion.

If you are the type of person who likes to be out in the woods, but hates the noise that an ATV or snowmobile makes and that you miss the sights you enjoy most by zipping along on one, you might like sailing.

If your concept of speed is relative, and you enjoy the getting there as much as the "there", you might like sailing.

If you find that just being around and on the water has a salutory effect upon you, you might like sailing.

If you find that the wind will not take you where you wish to go, or there is no wind and you are stuck at the dock, and you still either just sail "nowhere" or putz around at the dock doing a little varnishing, and, at the end of the day, you had an enjoyable day, you're probably already a sailor, or about to become one.

Some of us, you know who you are, are given to going down to the boat, even though it is raining and nasty, and just sit in the cabin reading a book. We like the feel of water under us, while rain is falling on us, and maybe even take a little unplanned nap, awakening with a refreshed mind and heart. We've got it bad and have no wish for any cure.

I hope that gives you a bit of an answer.
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Well said Sailaway21...
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
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There are many different kinds of sailing. You can race, go out and island jump or just go out for a day on the lake.
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Sailaway 21 said it all----My wife says it's a sickness, and I am also one of those who has no wish for a cure! Done properly, varnishing is very enjoyable, changing the oil on your diesel is fun, but going nowhere on a broad reach at six knots is the best of all. By the way, I have a book which defines sailing as going nowhere very slowly and at great expense!
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When the typically brisk winds of Narragansett Bay are moving us along at hull speed, I spend my time discovering ways to move my boat even faster - that triumph I believe, is the jubilant reward most sailors savor whenever challenging the wind.

The engine may be utilized if lighter winds don't coincide with our planned perception of time and distance, or current patience level. But, if our purpose is to cleanse ourselves of the fast-paced mindset the working week forces us to obey - then we simply coast with the gentle breezes, while meditating upon the mesmerizing sounds of wind and water .
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