Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Corpus Christi, Tx
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Re: New and in need of advise.
If I were in your shoes, I would take the courses (and drive the instructors crazy with questions) and then do two things:
First, find a time share or rental boat program that has boats in the 22-25 foot range that don't require more than a season's committment.
Two, find out when the weekly races take place and go down to the docks and solicit a ride. Check with the sailing clubs and volunteer through them. You would be surprised how many old farts need crew.
I know that racing can be fast, furious and overwhelming, but with the ASA training and a few weeks time you can put it all together.
You really don't need to own anything until you can gauge what your first boat should be, its expenses, and your ability to use and care for it.
I think a lot of the people here started out as kids with some kind of boat with a stick up in the air and learned from their parents of from hard knocks.
Very few people jump into boat ownership and become successful sailors all in one fell swoop. Learning to sail and living aboard are two different things and the latter can get in the way of the former. So set your self a game plan: The ASA programs, crewing, renting, maybe chartering for a couple of weeks and then if live aboard is still the thing, then buy a boat with those needs in mind.
Have fun with your new adiction,