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I purchased Seidman's " The Complete Sailor" on the dog's recommendation and found it to be all he said it was. With all respect to the other tomes mentioned, I have seen none superior. Excellent illustrations that convey more than photos, enough detail to not mistake it for baby-formula, and superior writing style. Sailing dog brings home the bone on this one.
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Cool, I think after I read the books I have and am getting : ), I will pick up the Complete Sailor !
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USCG - nice - found this - looks like I'll have to drive to MD but that beats spending $300:

Interactive / Self-Study Courses Length of Class Audience
America's Boating Course (ABC) - On-Line/CD-ROM Self-Paced All boaters
Multi-Lesson Classroom Courses Length of Class Audience
America's Boating Course (ABCM) - Multi-Session 2-4 sessions All Boaters
Navigation (NAV) 6-12 sessons All Boaters
Boating Skills & Seamanship (BS&S) 8-13 sessions Power Boaters
Let's Go Sailing (LGS) 4 sessions Sailors
Seminar (One-Day) Classroom Courses Length of Class Audience
America's Boating Course (ABCS) - Seminar 8 hours All Boaters
GPS for Mariners (GPSFM) 4-6 hours All Boaters
How To Read A Nautical Chart (HRNC) 3 hours All Boaters
Personal Water Craft Safety (PWC) 1-2 hours All Boaters
Suddenly In Command (SIC) 4 hours All Boaters
Classes For Kids Length of Class Audience
Boating Fun (BF) 1 Hour 4-9 Year Olds
Waypoints (WP) 1-3 Hours 10-12 Year Olds


I went to the class today, it was alright, you can just buy the book they use, which is for BSK I and II is Boating Skills and Seamanship ( 13th edition ) http://www.amazon.com/Boating-Skills...e=UTF8&s=books and read it ! Itís a two hour class with everything in power point.


And then the book they use for the basic and advanced navigation is this one http://www.amazon.com/Advanced-Coast...e=UTF8&s=books


Because of my schedule, next month I wont be able to attend these classes because they inflict with school, so I have to read these books, which I would rather do anyways.

If the drive is really far you may reconsider it after you take the first class, but donít get me wrong it was nice to be around professionals and experts, but for me thatís going to have to wait til I hit the water.
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Forget about the sailing schools, they're overpriced. Get one of the basic sailing books that have been recommended here, then find a sailor friend to show you how to sail. You should find some one on the docks who would like to show you the ropes. Sailors are a friendly bunch!
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Slyrss3 makes a good point...the sailing schools are great if you don't know anyone who can take you out sailing and you have no other way to get into the sport. Otherwise, you won't learn anything in an expensive introductory class that a friend with a moderate amount of sailing experience can't teach you. Also, the school experience depends by-and-large on the instructor.
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A small and concise one

Start Sailing Right!: The National Standard for Quality Sailing Instruction (US Sailing Small Boat Certification)
by Derrick Fries
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Slyrss3 makes a good point...the sailing schools are great if you don't know anyone who can take you out sailing and you have no other way to get into the sport. Otherwise, you won't learn anything in an expensive introductory class that a friend with a moderate amount of sailing experience can't teach you. Also, the school experience depends by-and-large on the instructor.

Well, I live in Philly and doubt I'll find anyone here - and I do not know any sailors - so It's either with the sailing schools here in Philly, or with some down the Jersey shore. The 2-day class for the ASA 101 course has maybe 1.5 hrs of class in the morning of the 1st day followed by sailing and I may be able to get a $50 discount since I signed up for it at the boat show - and the first class in in early May - think I have to go that route in the beginning.
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This is all good advice go get your feet wet and welcome to the wonderfull world of sail. If you really enjoy it like we all do you probably won't be able to get enough of it unless your one of thr furtunate few. PEACE and happy sailing.
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Forget about the sailing schools, they're overpriced. Get one of the basic sailing books that have been recommended here, then find a sailor friend to show you how to sail. You should find some one on the docks who would like to show you the ropes. Sailors are a friendly bunch!

Okay, but I don't have any sailor friends - I was thinking a one-time class to get the basic skills, and the place that gives the classes have boats for rent afterwards.
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