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Well the first step of a what I hope will be a long journey has been completed. My wife and I both finished the basic keelboat through bareboat certification classes, and we had a great time doing it! Most importantly she loved it and is enthused about doing more sailing.

The final day was great. The wind grew to over 30 miles an hour, and in the afternoon we found ourselves surfing down 6' waves. My wife was at the helm zig-zagging to take the waves on the rear quarter. Very fun.

Of course I realize we are mere beginners with just a little bit of knowledge and all the dangers that entails. Like I told my son when he got his driver's license, "This officially makes you the least experienced driver in the world!"

I would like to get some suggestions on what you feel the next step in our learning process should be?

Jim

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That's easy, buy a boat. I'd get a 22'er. Maybe a Catalina or a Santana.
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Or charter one. What you need now is tiller time, so the lessons become second-nature as you gain more experience.
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Buy the size boat and type boat that you eventually want to set sail on. No sense having to learn everything 2 or three times. Get to know YOUR boat. Don't be intimidated by size...bigger is easier and safer if set up right. Get a captain to go out with you the first few times and give you some pointers f you are hesitant.
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..... Or buy a small boat, the lessons are more intense. It's really up to you which way to go:
-charter when you can and/or
-buy a small boat with the intention of working your way up and/or
-buy 'the boat' with the intention of keeping it forever (sorry, Cam, does that ever really work? )
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Well the first step of a what I hope will be a long journey has been completed. My wife and I both finished the basic keelboat through bareboat certification classes, and we had a great time doing it! Most importantly she loved it and is enthused about doing more sailing.

The final day was great. The wind grew to over 30 miles an hour, and in the afternoon we found ourselves surfing down 6' waves. My wife was at the helm zig-zagging to take the waves on the rear quarter. Very fun.

Of course I realize we are mere beginners with just a little bit of knowledge and all the dangers that entails. Like I told my son when he got his driver's license, "This officially makes you the least experienced driver in the world!"

I would like to get some suggestions on what you feel the next step in our learning process should be?

Jim
Hi Jim,
Jayme and i are "in the same boat" ha ha...
We have our Basic and Bareboat certifications as well. I would say that "nolatom" has the best answer and that would be... "go sailing." You just need to take everything you have learned and put it to use so it becomes second nature. Tiller or wheel time is what you need. Once you've done that for a while then you could think about taking another course but really the best education you'll get is just being out there on the water. As far as what size boat to get... don't get something too small. Find something that you can grow into... so something a little bigger than you feel comfortable with but not too big.

Good luck!
Joel
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After getting wet for a while, try advanced coastal navigation.

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Sometimes it does... there's the guy in Mexico who just lost his Pearson triton to fire, and was given another one. He had originally thought of getting it as a "starter" boat, but decided that it was all he really needed.
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..... Or buy a small boat, the lessons are more intense. It's really up to you which way to go:
-charter when you can and/or
-buy a small boat with the intention of working your way up and/or
-buy 'the boat' with the intention of keeping it forever (sorry, Cam, does that ever really work? )
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