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I'd advise against running out and getting a dinghy... many people who like to sail on bigger boats, do not like to sail on dinghies. Sailing dinghies, which can be a lot of fun, are also much more demanding of the crew in some ways. They are also generally wetter, require a much more active crew, and not really suitable for certain bodies of water or sailing areas.
I would definitely recommend taking an ASA 101 or equivalent course. Then spend some time sailing, either through a local sailing club or marina
—most have a crew-wanted board of some sort.
Once you've sailed on a few different types of boats for a while, and have a better idea of what you want in a sailboat, or if you even want a sailboat, then I would look towards getting a boat that is suitable for the type of sailing you want to do.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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