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You might want to explain that taking the courses separately generally results in better education for each of you...
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I agree that taking the courses seperate will help, but you have to learn to work as a team. Everyone on this board knows I am a DIE HARD believer that both must be able to single a boat, but learning to work as a team is just as important. Thus, read books and go buy a boat. It really is not that hard to sail. You raise your sails you go. Drop them you stop. Turn left. Turn right. That is about all there is to it. The rest you will learn along the way. Stay close to shore or start off in a lake. READ, READ, READ. But do not think some sailing course is going to give you the sudden enlightement of a seasoned sailor. Fooogeetaboutit. Ain't gonna happen. Sitting in your own tub is the only thing that will do that, with the mistakes that come along with it.

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I don't think you're biting off more than you can chew, you have boating experience. (I too power boat, gave up the ski for a hydrofoil. I also sail. This means more time on the water for me!) 20 years ago I took 2-one hour dingy sailing classes and learned a lot! I continued to power boat only. 4 years ago my doctor scared me, I thought #@*! what am I waiting for? (He was wrong, whew!) I bought my first sailboat (everyone has more than one boat, right?). It was a 26 foot trailer-sailor and I took that boat out on a lake with a learn to sail book, stood in the rain and practiced. No...that first day didn't go too well, but that's another story...each day after was better.

Nearly two years ago I sold that boat and bought a nice little Newport 30 and I'm on the Columbia River now. My sites are on the San Juan's and Mexico. Classes are a great idea especially if you've not been on a sailboat. Although if you did some dock wholloping you might find someone willing to take you out on their boat just to see what you think. Although, if you're thinking off shore then definately get lessons...buy a boat to learn on....haunt your used book store for good old books...both of you learn to handle the boat alone (women this means you, men...let them do it)...dream big...live now.

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True CD--- Nothing beats actual experience and time on the water... and yes, you have to work as a team...but you also each have to have enough skill and ability to handle the boat singly.... Often, if a couple takes the course together, one will not learn as much they would if they were taking the course separately.
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I am going to show this thread to my wife. Unfortunately, I taught her to sail and the end result of that is that she is not as studious about things as she should be-since I'm always there to take care of it. The experienced woman sailor, with no boat, that I had counted on to sail with her when I was not around has decamped to the west coast. I had my hopes pinned on that experience developing her skills further. She loves to sail and is always eager to go, but I don't think she has considered the implications of not being able to handle the boat by herself. And yes, I try to be sensitive, understanding, and the perfect little Alan Alda-that's what has got me in the fix I'm in. If no progress is made, I'm signing her up for lessons-which will be about an hour drive away for her. Hmmm, that idea has more potential than I first imagined.
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ffsmo - talk to chuteman, I believe he can help. I am not certain, but I think he may work for OCSC. I would recommend them anyway. We took a cruise with them just to check out boats. One of their benefits is that you go out the Berkeley Marina, right into the slot, and they sail J boats, which are very good.
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Now What?

All the ideas that have been expressed are very good.The A.S.A courses are excellent.My wife and I took them together she did better than the guys in holding a course and backing a boat in and docking in general.Also she was a great study partner! You might want to hang around the docks at race time letting all know your desire to sail, you will get to sail fast a be taught some at the same time Good Luck.
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Great ideas

Thank you all for your imput. I will be looking into ocsc to keep it local for now, may san diego later for fun, not lessons. Thanks all, this was a pleasant first posting experience on this forum.
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Take the courses together -- Teamwork

ffsmr -- take the asa course together and if the captain is any good he will have the two of you working as a team when he is done and that is what it is all about -- those who say otherwise need a testorone check - my sig other and i did it together and the captain was taken back when i went below on the first night out to cook dinner -- but at the end he was said we were one of the best couples he had ever taught together as we worked as a team and captain and slave --and who says a dad can't go below to take care of the kids --
i would seriousely suggest that you take the asa 101 course first and then the 103/104 together -- a couple of instructors i know say that those who try take all 3 at the same time do not do as well as the amount of information is just over whelming -- that is what we did -- and it worked well for us -- that was 5 years ago and we sailed as a team even raced in club races and did well until we broke up last week and no it was not over the boat or sailing - i wanted to go cruising and so did she until she got promoted to a big 6 figure income and said she was not leaving for a few years - at age 61 i now single hand a 40' boat and as soon as my house sells i am headed to the bahamas
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Chuck, more sound advice. We decided that we are gonna just do the 101 right now(month or so). Then if its our cup of tea, we want to do the live aboard program. Have fun in the bahamas
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