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Start sailing a dinghy first. You can buy one cheaply, it will teach you many things. Most importantly, how much you like sailing. You can camp cruise it on the coast. There is even a Brittish Dinghy Cruising Association.
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Thanks guys - that's a lot to go through, will keep me busy this weekend. Jim H, I was planning on going to the London Boatshow tomorrow if only to see how the 'other half' live. With all the lovely snow and ice I'm thinking it might be less of a crowd...

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Thanks guys - that's a lot to go through, will keep me busy this weekend. Jim H, I was planning on going to the London Boatshow tomorrow if only to see how the 'other half' live. With all the lovely snow and ice I'm thinking it might be less of a crowd...

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Thank you all for the warm welcome!
Soon as I finish this breakfast, I'm on the trains to head down to our Rival 34 at Gosport. It's time for a visit, and to warm up the engine, etc.

We plan to be at the boat show tomorrow (Sunday) from opening time on. We plan to take a break at the Guinness Bar around 2 p.m. You are welcome to join us.

Typically, there are some good classic boat displays at the London Boat Show that make it worth the trip, even if you are not buying a 4 million quid Sunseeker.

One more small note: BOSS and other sailing schools are typically at the boat show, and they typically offer 10 percent discounts if you sign up for courses at the boat show. If nothing else, you can get a sense the of school instructors and owners by walking up to their displays and talking to them. We made a point of registering for the week-long cross channel trips at the boat show to save some £££.

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