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getting my toes wet - Portland Oregon

Hey everyone. After a week of lurking I decided to register as this looks like an amazing community. I am new to sailing, as in, I have never sailed before, but I have had the urge to try for some time now.

I live in Portland, OR, and I work up near the airport. A few weeks ago I was driving to work along Marine Drive, which runs parallel to the Columbia River, and a few marinas. I saw those lines of sailboats and realized I need to start looking into this for real.

I also passed "Portland Sailing Center" and checked out their site. Apparently they offer sailing classes, which I'm thinking about checking out as it is literally a few miles from where I work. If anyone has ever checked that place out I'd love to hear about it.

I'd like to get a boat in the next year or so, something I can keep on the Columbia and spend weekends on, that kind of thing. I look forward to learning from everyone here. Just browsing the forums has already taught me a lot.
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Re: getting my toes wet - Portland Oregon

Kev,

Sailing is not a hobby. It's not a sport. It's an affliction. Tread softly.

If I can be so bold, let me recommend a course of action. Pick up a trailer sailor in the 20 foot range. You can get them fairly inexpensively, tow them with many vehicles and store them in your yard. The cost to try out sailing is minimal. Pick up a copy of The Complete Trailer Sailor by Brian Gilbert. He packs the book with lots of info, but specifically a portion is dedicated to providing specs, pictures, sketches, pros and cons of 50 or so small boats from 10 to 28 feet. It can help you find what you like, want and can't live without. Then, take the sailing class, or at least a sailing and seamanship class from the Coasties. That's a real must. Then . . . get out there.

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Kev,
I have not had experience with Portland Sailing Center. Here are a couple of alternatives, though...
1. Island Sailing Club sponsers lessons and has boats for use with membership.
2. Passion Yachts on Hayden Island sponsers learn to sail classes with some folks I have sailed with over the years. They also broker a large number of trailer sailors. Drop by and look at the boats in their lot.
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