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Greetings everyone,
This is the first time I've been here so bear with me. I have always been facinated with sailing. I've been talking for years about learning, but now I have a sound reason to. I am attending school and living in northeast TN. I have accepted a possition starting beetween 18 and 36 months from now working in St. Thomas. I would like to sail there and live on my boat while there. The problems with this course of action are many. 2 big ones come to mind; first I dont own a boat, second I don't know how to sail. I guess I will need to buy 2 boats; one to learn on while living here, the other to take with me. money is definately a problem now, although that will immprove after graduation. what I realy want is information about buying my first boat. I have found a sailing club on an area lake and I'm sure they will help, but there is no such thing as too much information. On a side note if anyone has any ideas how I can get by with one boat in the 35k price range that would be great, but I won't hold my breath. otherwise I'd like to spend as little as possible on the first boat. no more than 5k. any advice about anyof the numerous topics in this would be most apprieciated
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Welcome aboard, grasshopper. So much for you to learn, and so little time. I have a plan "C" for you: buy a boat here to learn on, then buy a boat in St. Thomas to live on. SailingDog has written a great post (listed as a sticky in the Buying a Boat forum) that will help you out, on the ins and outs of buying a boat. In the meantime, while you read that, tell us more about where you currently reside, and where you plan to learn how to sail. That will give us some of the important info we need to be able to tell you how to spend your $5k. While some of the more learned members here find a way to spend your hard earned money, take the time to use the search, luke, and answers to questions you seek you will find, yes.

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I live in northeast Tn. close to Boone, Watauga,and South Holsten Lakes. I think a trailerable boat would be best so I can sail on all of them. I also have family on lake Norman in Charlotte NC. and a close friend in Key West. I will undoubtedly sail my first boat on lake norman and if the boat is capable maybe the keys but that is not an absolute. I will be spending a few months there with my second boat before trying to sail to the Virgin Islands
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Lostappilation, Welcome to the forum. My mother taught at ASU and we've spent a lot of time in that beautiful area. It's a long beat to windward from the US southeast coast to the Virgin Islands and actually a much more pleasant return trip. I would suggest that you consider gaining experience before you leave, but purchasing the boat in the Virgin Islands. Many people have taken boats to "paradise" and end their cruising times there. The market is good for a buyer in such places and the islands there would offer a much more pleasant learning environment than the sail east against the prevailing winds. 'take care and joy, Aythya crew
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I am concidering buying the second boat in the islands but the second boat in a couple of yours away. what I realy want now is advice pertaining to the first boat, and help with planning the wisest course of action from now to then. IE. what exactly do I need to learn and what is the best way to learn it.
also any problems with learning over 2 years then liveing on a boat in S. Thomas that I may not realize
Thanks for all your help
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