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New here, looking to learn

Hello Everyone!

so I am new to the forum, basically signed on to do some research into an adventure I am planning.

I am a full time Mathematical Economics Major in Ottawa Canada. I have sailed smaller boats (under 15 feet), have my White II. I am looking to move up to a larger boat, and take the two years off between my undergrad and my MSc to do a circumnavigation of the world, most likely solo. Basically my last great adventure before I get serious into my field.

Basically what I am looking to get out of everyone here is the stuff not taught from sailing schools (such as day to day operations, best way to store food, all that kinda stuff). As well as a few other random newb questions (most of which I will post here).

I have been doing a little bit of research, and found the boat I wish to buy when the time comes (being a student with enough debt to buy a house isn't the best position to start trying to sail the globe, but I am smart and willing to do what it takes as long as the bills get paid). I decided on a Taylor Contessa 26. As they are relatively cheaper here in Canada, as well as highly reccomended for circumnavigations due to ease of use (there is one that is half restored for ~4500CAD in my area but I am quite sure that it's well beyond my means to finish the restoration).

so I guess I will start asking some questions, feel free to grill me on any of them, after all I AM here to learn.

My biggest question as of right now is how to choose a sailing school?

Being a student, these courses are quite expensive, and also as I am a student I am trying to figure out a way to make them cheaper if there is one. As all schools, generally, teach based off of international standards, what is the best way to do this?

I understand that the course is just a small part to get me able to sail solo around the world, and that most of being a good sailer comes from feeling and how well you know your boat's limitations.

Next question would probably be how do I find out if a boat is sea worthy?

This one I am sure has been answered here several times, and I plan on searching the site for answers to all of my questions, but figured I would outright ask them in my introduction post

That is all for now I guess, don't really want to write a novel (yet).

Cheers.
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Re: New here, looking to learn

My only advice...you don't circumnavigate the world on the cheap.
Sailing lessons are good, but nothing beats hands on, real world experience out in the middle of the ocean when weather turns nasty (and it will) and that you don't have and won't get in a sailing school.
I'm not here to tell you that you have to have a new, expensive boat, but don't think a restored $4500 boat is going to do it. You might get it for $4500, but to make it bluewater seaworthy is going to take way more than $4500.

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If you're on a budget, don't go to sailing school. The money would be better spent on a used daysailor and a book. When you start practicing, start in light breezes, warm water, close to shore. Good luck.
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Hi and welcome to SN. As for learning on the cheap, you should also check out any area sailing/yacht clubs for racers looking for crew/rail meat for their weekly races. There are alot of sailors and racers that enjoy sharing their knowledge with newbie sailors.
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Re: New here, looking to learn

that's what I am starting to think would be the best route. Have been checking out the suggested reading, and some youtube videos on crusing.

are there major differences between say a 30ft cruiser and a laser/pirate?

besides length and having a fixed weighted keel instead of centreboard?
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Sail trim and balance are best learned on small boats. When you get up to bigger ones you can work on jib trim.
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