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newbie139 06-02-2013 09:57 AM

New to Sailing
 
Greetings everyone I am new to sailing and to this board my first lesson is this tuesday,the end goal is a boat of our own once we have the skill to sail her.My wife and I are taking it slow, we like the "idea" of living a board our own boat
just not sure yet if it will be something we do, are plan is to complete a sailing course which will allow us to rent small boats at our local lake this year and take it from there.I plan on using the next 2-3 yrs to get some basic skills together any advice will be greatly appreciated.

thanks in advance
David & Lexie

deniseO30 06-02-2013 10:10 AM

Re: New to Sailing
 
Welcome to Sailnet D & L! Good luck. it's not rocket science to learn.. but they try to make it seem that way if you listen to "experts" :)

HardTAC 06-02-2013 08:40 PM

New to Sailing
 
Welcome! Have fun and enjoy! Take it slow and keep it fun! You learn over time what kind of sailing and what kind of boat will be right for you. The more you sail the more you'll know!

DonScribner 06-02-2013 08:53 PM

Re: New to Sailing
 
Dave,

Jump in, both feet. We did. Look into buying a trailerable in the 23 foot range. Millions out there for around $6000 on a trailer, in decent condition. Then sail your socks off. Make mistakes that require new shorts, but learn from the mistakes. Spend as much time sailing as you can handle. With a trailerable, it's an affordable dream. Best of all, if the romance of sailing doesn't pan out for some reason, sell the boat for a reasonable price to some other lucky couple. If you love sailing, sell the boat and upgrade to your dream. At any rate, get on with it! Make it happen!

You can probably check out my previous posts for some of the more moronic blunders I've made. Truth is, we all make them, but not all are willing to share!

Don

CaribDream 06-02-2013 08:57 PM

Charter
 
Have you ever chartered a boat before? Chartering with a crew will allow you to safely get a taste of living aboard to see if it's something you really like. My wife and I did this a few times before finally contracting with a school to obtain our ASA 101, 103, 104 (bareboat certification). We chose to use a live-aboard school in which we lived with 2 instructors, 1-on-1 instruction for a week, no other students. We spent 3 months prior to our school studying the ASA material. Just my own humble experience, but to us it was worth every penny. Now we can move on in gaining experience with confidence.

newbie139 06-05-2013 09:23 PM

Re: New to Sailing
 
Thanks for the welcome,we have never chartered or been sailing until yesterday we had our first class given by our YMCA under US sailing, it is just basic keel boat but it is a start
it is the only class offered where we live OKLA. so if anyone can recommend a good school
it would be much appreciated.
Thanks
D&L

newbie139 06-05-2013 09:28 PM

Re: New to Sailing
 
I should say I'm very interested in the navigation course's,would hate to get lost in an ocean:eek:

SHNOOL 06-05-2013 10:46 PM

Re: New to Sailing
 
Welcome aboard, and you have made a decision that'll change your life forever (in a good way).

MarkBarrett 06-06-2013 04:58 AM

Re: New to Sailing
 
welcome to this community you are now on the most adventurous place and that would make you more and more enthusiastic and committed. enjoy

Lady Adoryan 06-06-2013 07:55 AM

New to Sailing
 
Welcome!


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