Where do I Start? - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  

Quick Menu
Boat Reviews  
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Marine Electronics
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here

Go Back   SailNet Community > Welcome to Sailnet > Introduce Yourself
 Not a Member? 

Introduce Yourself Welcome to the Sailnet.com - The world's largest online sailing community! Tell us about yourself so we can get to know you.

LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 07-26-2012
Sextant's Avatar
Junior Member
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Evergreen State
Posts: 1
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
Sextant is on a distinguished road
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.

Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Old 07-29-2012
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Maine
Posts: 598
Thanks: 0
Thanked 17 Times in 17 Posts
Rep Power: 4
DonScribner is on a distinguished road
Re: Where do I Start?


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.


Biddeford, ME
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
To Start It Off PBzeer Sailing Music 56 1 Day Ago 10:26 PM
Don't even know where to start hamsterdam herSailNet 4 11-21-2012 08:56 AM
Where should I start dryclean General Discussion (sailing related) 5 06-07-2009 02:38 PM
Where should I start? Flexible Learning to Sail 32 02-27-2008 02:29 PM
Where to start? ds8618 Living Aboard 1 08-06-2007 08:08 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:14 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.