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Want to be sailing in Feb. in Florida

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My wife and I are in Colo. and are planning a two week vacation in Florida next month. We want to be on the gulf side and I've been searching for a place to take lessons on small boats but haven't had much luck. We have sailed just a little here in Colo. on lakes. Any suggestions?
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Re: Want to be sailing in Feb. in Florida

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My wife and I are in Colo. and are planning a two week vacation in Florida next month. We want to be on the gulf side and I've been searching for a place to take lessons on small boats but haven't had much luck. We have sailed just a little here in Colo. on lakes. Any suggestions?
The "gulf side" is a pretty large area. Where exactly? See also (click on) Florida Sailing School ? The Best Sailing Courses in Florida | Offshore Sailing School
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Re: Want to be sailing in Feb. in Florida

We are very flexible in our plans, I haven't booked a place to stay yet. I wanted to find a place to take lessons first. I had looked at the school you suggested but they are using 26 foot boats and I was hoping to sail something smaller, like we would use in Colo. .I hope to buy a pocket cruiser this summer but would like to get some experience before I buy a boat.
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Google sailing schools in Punta Gorda. You will find several good one there
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Re: Want to be sailing in Feb. in Florida

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We are very flexible in our plans, I haven't booked a place to stay yet. I wanted to find a place to take lessons first. I had looked at the school you suggested but they are using 26 foot boats and I was hoping to sail something smaller, like we would use in Colo. .I hope to buy a pocket cruiser this summer but would like to get some experience before I buy a boat.
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Lessons learned in the Colgate 26 are easily translatable to smaller boats. The problem with dinghy training in the limited time you have available is the limited time you have available and the time of year. Dinghy training necessarily requires lessons in overturning, righting, re-boarding, bailing and resuming sailing and, at this time of year, not too many people are interested in taking a swim in the ocean and it's just too cold at this time of year (at least for sensible Floridians). Dinghies also have the disadvantage that their capacity is limited so making room for you, your wife/partner and instructor could be problematic unless you're looking at something like a Lido 14/Capri or something in the 14-18 foot range.

FWIW, however, you might try contacting some of the sailing clubs to see if they have a sailing instructor that will undertake private lessons for 3-4 days, e.g. the Sarasota Sailing Squadron. You never know.

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Re: Want to be sailing in Feb. in Florida

Ditto what svHyLyte said. To make sailing lessons profitable, most schools want to be able to take out at least 4 students and an instructor. You can't fit 5 people in a little 15-16 foot daysailer and conduct lessons. That's the schools use larger keelboats.
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