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I had a Snark one time also. I had almost forgot about that boat. I put a broom handle in the mast to make it a little stronger and just screamed across the lake. Light enough to toss on the roof of the car and take anywhere.

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Get a dinghy like a Lido 14 or even a Sunfish - Cost lese than $1k


Mess around, get wet, learn to capsize and right yourself - once you taught yourself These skills then go and buy a keelboat.
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The biggest problem with teaching yourself is knowing what is "normal". The first time you get to a 15 degree heel you will swear that you are going over. I have seen people scare themselves so bad that they never want to sail again when nothing was wrong. Having said this I taught myself many years ago and I am still unlearning some of the lessons. Drive the six hours, make it a weekend away or something. It will pay for itself in the long run.
Subjective, as you have pointed out.

Some people feel one thing and some feel another. Its's dependent on the person.

I say buy a cheap boat, research, take her out, listen to those that have gone before, and learn on your own.

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Go buy your boat say a Catalina 22 or Hunter 22 and find someone with sailing experience to take you out the first time [ or two ] to show you the 'ropes'.

As others have said getting from A to B under sail is not rocket science.

Most useful tip I got "shorten sail the FIRST time you think about it".

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My wife brought me home (Sailing for Dummies). I have found it very informative.
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Re: Is learning to sail hard? Tips and advice?

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If your ever in Daytona Beach give me holler, I have a business where I teach people how to sail on the water in one day....no classroom stuff
Tom, are you also the guys that rents his sail boat at the marina over night. My husband and i are really exploring a sail boat. If so we would like to meet up. Debbie

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Re: Is learning to sail hard? Tips and advice?

Given that this thread is 6 years old Tom might have changed his name and joined the resistance since then.

By the way also bad idea to post your phone number in a forum... not saying don't but, you may want to remove that.

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Find a good sailing school with good instructors--best way to learn.


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My husband and I are new to sailing - had power boats for years and want to give sailing a go. Is sailing hard to learn and teach yourself? We dont have anyone on our lake that we know that could teach us so we wanted to teach ourseleves. We are thinking of either getting a Hunter 22 or a RL24. Is it possible for us to teach ourselves? Or does that sound crazy?! Haha. Thanks any tips and advice are much appreciated!

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Re: Is learning to sail hard? Tips and advice?

Like Bump, taught myself to sail on a Sailfish that I built from a kit when I was 12. Sailing is all about learning how to take the best advantage of whatever the wind gives you. The smaller the boat, the more responsive it is and the more sail and boat trim effect performance. Expecting an adult to jump on a Sailfish or other similar vessel for an entire summer is not realistic but renting one for a couple of days and doing some intense practice solo would be a good way to start. Beyond going out and doing it, devoured every book on sail and boat trim, boat set up, sailing and cruising I could find. So far it's worked for thousands of miles of sailing on both coasts, SoPac and Hawaii.

I know you love your husband but for your own learning would suggest you sail solo as much as possible. My wife never really understood how to make the boat move under sail even after several thousand miles sailing with me. On her own initiative or possibly self preservation took a short sailing course from the town when we were getting ready to head for SoPac. A short two weekend course in Sabots made a world of difference in her understanding and ability to sail our boat.

As others have said, littler is better to learn on. Might think about buying a Sabot, El Toro, Opti or other small sailing dinghy for practice. Can use it as a tender for your bigger boat when you have one. Many yacht/sailing clubs/associations have acting racing fleets if you really want to hone your sailing skills. All of these boats are small enough to fit on even a 20' cruiser.l
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Re: Is learning to sail hard? Tips and advice?

Hey Roverhi,question ..is there anyone or outfit that would do some sailing lessons in kona,we hope to get to hawaii this winter again,wife wants to go to maui again ,friends there ,but I would like to see the big island,and can't find any lessons on maui..Oahu I think is out ..not going to a city ..to many people's there I think..,I would like to learn how to handle around a 26 footer like my s2 7.9......Ralph

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