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Don't own a boat, presently sailing into retirement waters at least age wise. I had always ascribed to the old saying; "a boat was hole in the water, into which you pour money" :-) But one thing leads to another and we change our minds. Never considered sailing until recently and so I'm studying up in preparation for some formal training next year.

Currently around lake country, try to make it to the gulf once a year. In time we'll see where it all leads, in the mean time plan to enjoy it all I can.
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Welcome to the world of sailing. Look for a local sailing/yacht club that has regular racing during your sailing season. Skippers are always looking for crew and it is a great way to get time on the water. Additionally, most colleges/universities have sailing clubs. They are a great, low cost, way to get formal training and often provide access to their fleet for club members.

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Thanks for the tip about the clubs, I hadn't thought of that. Will have to see what's available. :-)
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Thanks for the welcome. ˙Still lots to learn :-)
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Don't own a boat, presently sailing into retirement waters at least age wise. I had always ascribed to the old saying; "a boat was hole in the water, into which you pour money" :-) But one thing leads to another and we change our minds. Never considered sailing until recently and so I'm studying up in preparation for some formal training next year.

Currently around lake country, try to make it to the gulf once a year. In time we'll see where it all leads, in the mean time plan to enjoy it all I can.

I've long believed that anyone getting into the world of the Sailing Fool is well advised to spend the first year or so chartering, if for no other reason than it can give you a far better understanding of what you want (or need) in a boat.

There is of course the wise oold adage "if it flies floats or fornicates , rent it" and there may well be truth in that.

Far too many people get their ideas from e.g. sailing mags or (heaven forbid) internet forums then buy something that is way short of suitable.

Anywho...welcome to the board.....don't believe everything you read but much of it is worth the bandwidth.

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