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Advice on getting started

Hi everyone,

I have been looking at this site for about a year now. I have learned a lot in the process. I am now at the point where I would like to find a way to relearn how to sail.
I did some sailing as a teenage, and I know the basics. I currently live in southern NH, within commuting distance of the NH seacoast. Would anyone have any ideas on how I could do this in this area?

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Re: Advice on getting started

February 12, 2006, New Hampshire.
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February 6, 12, and 13; 2006, New Hampshire. Do you recognize the location?
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Re: Advice on getting started

As to your question, you didn't really say what you were interested in.

The Point Kittery Yacht Club at New Castle, NH has sailing classes.
The Coastal Sailing School at Marblehead, MA has classes but they teach on a 30' sailboat.
The Boston Sailing Center has classes.
The Courageous Sailing Center in Charlestown, MA has classes.
Sebago Sailing at South Casco, ME on Sebago Lake has classes.
The Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club in Maine has a sailing school.

There was Sawyer's Sailing School at Auburn, ME but he has not replaced his boat yet. You can still get instruction there if you have your own boat.

What size and type of sailing did you want to do? Did you want to get a boat or join a club and rent? Were you interested in daysailing, cruising, or racing?

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Re: Advice on getting started

Good for you for finally posting then!

brehm62 seems to know the area pretty well. I suppose there are some inland lakes for sailing as well.

The best advice I can offer is: How do you make a small fortune?
Start with a large fortune and buy a boat! (trailer sailors generally cost a lot less)

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Re: Advice on getting started

I visited NH; I never lived there. They use intersection roundabouts which are common in England but not very common in the US. I also was surprised that they combined rest-stops with highway exits; I'd never seen that before.

I checked Craigslist for NH and found a number of boats under $1,000 (if price is an issue). You can also check Maine and MA. I saw quite a few Sunfish. I personally wouldn't buy a Sunfish to take out in the surf but perhaps someone else here has experience with that. There are a number of small daysailers. If you were handy with repair I did see one ad where they are giving away a 24' sailboat for free. I'm guessing that needs a fair amount.
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Re: Advice on getting started

Don't let your budget get in your way. If you can afford a sailing school that is a great place to start. anouther ave. you can try are friends or reletives you can go out with. Outherwise you can look over listing for boats needing crews for races or other short distance moves. Or if there are marina's around you walk the docks and ask the people there. And when It comes to buying a boat, Buy the best you can afford and go have fun. If you keep saving for a boat that will impress everyone you miss out on the best part of sailing, The shear joy of just being out there following the breaze. Good luck Richard
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Re: Advice on getting started

Thanks everyone for your replies. Right now I am looking to relearn how to sail. I am open to any opportunity to gain some experience. I think daysailing would probably be best. I am not interested in buying a boat yet. I just want to get back in the swing of things. Maybe crewing for some one or joining a club would be best?

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