Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Vancouver, WA
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Aren't you close to any lakes, or sailing clubs?
I don't know why people feel they need a "big boat" to learn how to sail. Get the basics down first on a small boat. They are less expensive, trailer-able (even car top-able), do less damage when you hit things, and give you the basics of boat handling, trim, & concepts before moving up to something bigger.
Of coarse parking, close quarters maneuvering, & anchoring are all particular to any vessel large or small. But I can say with great confidence that it is my experience in small boats that allows me to "sail" a vessel into a dock, which is a skill/situation that most people don't have or are comfortable with. It's that one charter when the motor dies, and have to sail the stupid thing into its slip, or at least evaluate whether it is feasible to do that or not.
I have been on the water for 34 years, and to this day I learn more on my laser one man sail boat than I do in all other boats combined. This coupled with my Avon powerboat, and sailing on other peoples big boats that gives me a well rounded experience. BTW .... I am a racer, and you will find that you can learn a ton from sailboat racing that applies to cruising/passage making. I have sent my resume which has more dinghy/racing experience than anything else to charter companies, and they don't see any problem chartering a boat to me.
I have said it before and I will say it again. Experience comes with "TIME ON THE WATER", doesn't really matter to much what your in, or where you are.
Last edited by mackconsult; 03-04-2010 at 02:29 PM.