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best way to learn to sail in central ca or sf bay area?
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Re: learning to drive a sail boat

You might look into sailing clubs, walk the docks and make friends. Hitch a ride with some racers(rail meat needed) who need some extra crew. It might take a few trips to the marina but your bound to meet someone who would take you out for a sail. Getting behind the wheel or tiller might take some trust but stick to it. Sailing can be real fun in either location.

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You might look into sailing clubs, walk the docks and make friends. Hitch a ride with some racers(rail meat needed) who need some extra crew. It might take a few trips to the marina but your bound to meet someone who would take you out for a sail. Getting behind the wheel or tiller might take some trust but stick to it. Sailing can be real fun in either location.

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rail meat!!!...hey, my 300lb would definitely be an asset under certain condition huh? never thought of that. That's kinda what I was thinking. Theres is a westsail get together in the bay area this coming week so I think I will go. Most of the marinas I frequent have commercial boats and power boats mostly. A few sailboats that mostly seem abandoned
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Most of the marinas I frequent have commercial boats and power boats mostly. A few sailboats that mostly seem abandoned
In that case my friend, you need to frequent a better class of marina
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In that case my friend, you need to frequent a better class of marina
chuckle.....you may be right. Currrent marina has only one sailing vessel owned by the marina owner and I believe it has a cement hull.
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Re: learning to drive a sail boat

Take an intensive course (you can literally learn in a week) and then join a sailing club to use their boats to get out there and practice your new skill. If you really take to it, you'll end up buying down the road.

Do not try to learn by bumming rides on race boats, unless you're the type of personality that is very submissive and patient. I'm neither.
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Do not try to learn by bumming rides on race boats, unless you're the type of personality that is very submissive and patient.
Eh, instead bum rides with the non-racers (at least to start). I think anyone who walked onto the dock could get a sail for asking nicely on a summer weekend. Show up with a 6-pack and they would be fighting over you.
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Join a yacht club (not all are snooty or expensive) or the Treasure Island sailing center or make friends with someone who sails. Not all race boat skippers are cut-throats. Find a skipper who's racing a Hunter or Beneteau and doesn't have carbon sails. Google "crew list san francisco."
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Eh, instead bum rides with the non-racers (at least to start). I think anyone who walked onto the dock could get a sail for asking nicely on a summer weekend. Show up with a 6-pack and they would be fighting over you.
To each their own. Learning another's random bad habits is not my suggested best approach. I would get intensive, fast training, then start bumming rides. Anywhere.
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