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Dude - do whatever you have to do. Get on a sailboat. Go sailing.

You'll be much happier. Trust me.
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Re: Very n00b questions from a prospective sailor.

Therm,

I'm also new to the sport, but at age 43 I've finally started chasing the dream. While I'm quite a ways away from you (I'm in Abu Dhabi), I took a few basic RYA courses in Dubai with a club. After 3 weekend courses, I saved up some cash and bought a 16 foot Topper dinghy for about $2700. I go out now by myself at least once a week, sometimes more...I will go even more once the insane heat drops. I love going out by myself in my own little boat, knowing that it's all up to me.

Best advice I can give, for what it's worth: take a class or two, and then just buy yourself something to learn in. I liken it to driving: you learn the basics from someone, but to really learn you just have to get in a car and drive.

And follow smackdaddy's advice...he sounds like a wise man...
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Re: Very n00b questions from a prospective sailor.

In my home town, the YMCA offers basic sailing courses using Sunfish sailboats for a nominal fee. Also, both the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and the US Power Squadron offer inexpensive basic sailing courses. I have taken all of them, and they're all good basic courses. They will teach you the important sailing nomenclature and the points of sail and basic sail trim. To keep your costs down while you are learning, get a smallish, lightweight, trailerable sloop. You'll avoid slip fees and that type of boat will give you the best learning experience, and it will be easy to sell whenever you are ready to move up to a bigger boat.
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Look at other venues for training, too. We found an Introduction to Sailing class that the county ran on a local lake near us about 4 years ago, and that's what started all of the craziness for us. $85 each, if I recall correctly, and we had 3-4 weeks of classes (1 class per week) at 2-3 hours per class. They only allowed 6 students in the class, plus 2 instructors. 2 of the students dropped out after the first week, so my wife and I got personal instruction with hands-on sailing aboard a 14.5' boat for $170. After that, we rented boats a few times ($25/hour at our lake), but that was always a pain because we couldn't go when WE wanted, we had to wait for our schedules, the wind, weather, and boat availability to all overlap like a Venn Diagram. That's when we started looking for a boat.
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And follow smackdaddy's advice...he sounds like a wise man...
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Re: Very n00b questions from a prospective sailor.

I can't speak for anyone else, but yeah, I had no trouble learning by just showing up and wanting to learn. I would caution you about "just getting out there on your own and figuring it out" on the Hudson near NYC. From what people tell me (I don't know any better), the wind is incredibly shifty, the tide is brutal, and there's a ton of commercial traffic. If you have problems with authority, you might find that being humble with a skipper for a few hours is way more palatable than dealing with the Coast Guard or NYPD :-)
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Here is a link to the US Power Squadron:
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Re: Very n00b questions from a prospective sailor.

Thermo,

I bought a boat, no trailer, no truck, no experience. Sounds moronic, I know, but it was part of a plan, sort of. Bought it in December, took a Sailing and Seamanship class in January, sailed in May. First time I sailed, ever. It isn't rocket science and is fairly safe as long as you have a head on your shoulders and aren't a yahoo. Be smart and conservative in your actions and you'll do fine. Certainly, if you can afford classes, take them. If not, just get sailing.
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