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Enjoy but be safe! I'd recommend some ASA courses and bribing any experienced sailors for food and drink to come sail with you on your boat in a variety of conditions
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Nope, not a mistake. When my wife and I bought our first sailboat, my only experience was sailing a sunfish as a kid and a Hobie a couple of times at a resort in Mexico. My wife had never been on a sailboat, except for once on the Hobie. However, we did have experience with powerboats. We decided it was better to learn on our own boat, since we were certain we wanted to make the switch to sail. I read every book I could get my hands on, then rented a few sailing videos from Netflix. Finally, we found a couple through Craigslist where the boyfriend had lots of sailing experience but no boat and wanted to teach his novice girlfriend. We went out a couple of times with them and have been sailing by ourselves ever since. It is a contant learning experience, which is something we really enjoy.
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It is a contant learning experience, which is something we really enjoy.
Just be safe and cautious when learning. I sail on a lake and need to know the possible weather conditions that might come up. Although the conditions were you will be might not change as quick.............still keep watch.

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Welcome aboard, and good luck! There are lots of old salts willing to give great advice here........but in exchange for????

Just kidding, enjoy Sailnet.
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One of the regulars here recommeded "The Complete Sailor" by Seidman.
Only 200 pages with a lot of illustrations.
The basics in an easy to read format.
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Just be safe and cautious when learning. I sail on a lake and need to know the possible weather conditions that might come up. Although the conditions were you will be might not change as quick.............still keep watch.

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Thanks for the concern, but having grown up on the water in New England, this is something learned at an early age. We have had several powerboats, and I spent a fair amount working on my friend's tow boat. The learning part goes to the mechanics of sailing, and at this point learning the finer nuances of sail trim.
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Yep,you read it right. l bought a Morgan34 and my sailing experience consists of a few overnighters as a crewbie on a Cat27,l know l`m jumping in deep water here. l plan on taking a year off and learning to sail her,then hitting the open water for parts unknown.South. l welcome feedback from members on this forum and any advice on sailing lessons/instruction in California would be very helpful.So...how dumb am l?
Isn't this how we all got started? I don't get it, what's the problem?
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learning by doing, sounds like a great plan, just be safe, take it slow, use good judgement, and enjoy yourself
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Just keep the dry part dry and the wet part wet, the rest of it come sooner or later.
Skip the sailing classes, learn by doing and going.
Take the boat systems classes (diesel, electric, plumbing) because you can't learn that by experimenting without breaking stuff.
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Thanks for the concern, but having grown up on the water in New England, this is something learned at an early age. We have had several powerboats, and I spent a fair amount working on my friend's tow boat. The learning part goes to the mechanics of sailing, and at this point learning the finer nuances of sail trim.
Gotcha! To me sail trim is mostly feel, with some visual help (wind indicators, sail luff, anticipating the breeze by the color of the water etc.) Yes, enjoy learning.

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