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Howdeee neighbor! I also live in Ohio, also about 3 hours from Lake Erie. I sailed a 25' keelboat on a small inland lake in the area for over 25 years. Find a small lake in the area that has a sailing club with a full schedule of racing, cruising and family activities. Until we retire, most of us can only sail on weekends, and occasionally on Wednesday evenings, and a small lake with a good club can provide very satisfying weekend sailing and socializing.

The sailboat dealer in Cincinnati is Strictly Sail, located in Blue Ash. Stop in there and talk with Steve or Bob. They can tell you about all the lakes in the area where there are active clubs and good sailing, and can suggest how you can get involved.

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1) If you have a significant other, get them involved early. Not just philosophically, they will need as much hands-on as you.
2) Subscribe to a couple of good magazines. The articles are great, plus the ads are interesting to us sailing addicts.
3) Set goals-Incorporate sailing into your vacation plans. Get down to the BVI's-DREAM!
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Great advice all :-)
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Would you find a dvd useful to back up your knowledge of sailing? im creating a dvd for my final year at university, and its gonna be aimed at people like yourself, learning to sail. Its going to include animation and video, to make it easy to understand.
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Colgate may have already beat you to that. They are available at most marine outfitters (assume Sailnet, West Marine, etc), and other sources, obviously his school.

Of course they are about 30 years old, at least one of the ones I saw. SO, if you can past the 70's hair styles and ditzy blonde, it is a good DVD/VCR tape. Of course, I think the whole 70's thing is back in so who knows... it might just have come back in style. Now, if I can just find my bell bottoms...
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Hey CD-

Nothing's wrong with ditzy blondes...especially if they're pretty enough...

BTW, if you do find your bell bottoms...post a photo...It'll be good for us to see...some of us have never seen them... BTW, I'm not one of them.. LOL

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Couldn't find the Bell Bottoms, but I guess i can grow out my side burns!!

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is this instructional media available in beta ?
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What is Beta? Boy, do I sound stupid now? If you mean VHS tapes, yes. Course, some of that stuff is so old I think it came out on an 8 tracks first.
Still, good information, but some of the more modern items, like a self tailing winch, are not even invented yet.
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When you are finally out on the water..... I would suggest,

Reef early. You don't want to be caught with too much canvas flying.
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