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Taking lessons is a good idea if you're serious about sailing long-term. Learning from other sailors can often get you into trouble, since many will teach you bad habits, which are awfully hard to break once learned.
Go out crewing to see if you like sailing. Crew on different types of boats, since the type of boat you're on can have a big impact on what your experience is like. Some people like more stable boats, others like to go fast...
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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Still—DON'T READ THAT POST AGAIN.