Hitchin' a ride
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: In my mind, I live in Oslo
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Having been a previous owner of dinghies and Hobies, heres what we did. No sailing experience, but previous motor experience. I found someone that I knew that had a dinghy for sale and just bought it. 300 bucks and we bought a trailer from home depot and modified it to fit. Then we sailed the hell out of it, lakes, ocean, gulf of cali, everywhere. Eventually, a couple of years, we out grew it and got bored. Too slow. By then, we knew enough about what to look for as far as care, and bought a hobie. That one actually came from someone we knew too. I think it was 800 with the trailer. Sailed the hell out of that, waaaaaay out in the ocean. Could still see land, but it was far. Probably too far, but we were still in our twenties and didn't really care. You really learn how to read the wind in a hobie, you go much faster and it is more reactive to your touch, plus you learn rigging. We sailed it until it fell apart, literally. Then we bought a better one, for 1200 with the trailer. I think my brother still has that one. Just go buy something small, take it to a lake, and teach yourself, have fun. Just be respectful of others at the ramp and in the water and ask for help if you need it. Start cheap, and you will have money to upgrade to better boats as you learn more and become a better sailor.
Great men always have too much sail up. - Christopher Buckley
Vaya con Dios
Last edited by bestfriend; 07-24-2007 at 12:49 AM.