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Old 07-26-2012
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Where do I Start?

Hi there everybody! I am new to the forum because I want to learn (or rather relearn) to sail. A bit of my background, I started sailing dagger board dinghies as a kid and helped my dad on his 30í sail boat as a teen. I was a Sea Explorer scout in high school and crewed on a schooner in the early 80ís.

Between then and now I have not had the time, means or inclination to keep sailing. Now that I am somewhat settled I would like to pick up sailing again, especially now that I have a family.

My problem is I have no idea how to start over, growing up my dad just taught me but he is gone now (not dead, just in Florida) and I donít feel comfortable going out on the water myself after all these years. I have been looking into local sailing schools and the Coast Guard Auxuilry as places where I can learn to sail again.

I would like to know my best bet for learning to sail, should I join a club, or just buy a boat, or sign up for a lesson, if so what lesson? I am located in the Central Puget Sound Area (Tacoma) so any local suggestions would be great.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
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Re: Where do I Start?

Sextant,

You're way ahead of the curve for newbies. I'm 4 Dacron years old, cruise the Maine coast as often as possible with my lovely bride of 31 years in our 25 footer. MY humble recommendation: buy a boat and get out there! Be careful, use your head, but you probably know more that most, even if it's rumbling around in the chemical 80's years. Don't try the TransPac or anything, but get out there and . . . um . . . get your feet wet. Take lessons if that make's Mama happy. Definitely take a Coast Guard boating course to reacquaint you with boating laws, etiquette, safety and the like. But throw some of that caution . . . um . . . to the wind and get out there.

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