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Can someone recommend a good book/DVD on how to sail ?

Hi guys,

Been reading your posts for the last few days. I decided to join the community! We will be moving to Seattle this summer and I've always wanted to take up sailing. I've spent countless hours on powerboats fishing, but I think it's time for a change! I thought I should start to educate myself on the sport.

Can someone recommend a good book or DVD on sailing that I can get from my local public library? Goal would be to learn the basics of how to sail, the terms, what not to do etc. I intend on doing a full training course, finding a buddy out there who needs a crew member etc, but we may only be able to get to Seattle at the end of the summer . I might as well use the time between now and then productively!

Thanks guys!

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PS. In case the type of sailing we want to do matters for the choice of book / DVD - our plan is to spend weekends fishing and mooring off different areas between Seattle and Victoria (see the link for moorings: ** link removed, I'm new, will post later**, Washington State Parks Home Page[/url]). We are a family of 4, will sleep on board over weekends. We will maybe take 1 trip a year down the west coast once we have the experience and confidence. Likely boat will be a 30-40 foot cruiser, so not sure if this helps any. Thanks guys!
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Sailing Fundamentals by Gary Jobson, The Complete Sailor by David Seidman.
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Best Electonic Sailing Program is online

AquaBoi wants to know the best Saling Ed on DVD and there are a couple, but the best program is online through NauticEd Learn to sail with online sailing lessons. Your online sailing school.

You can take basic to offshore courses and even learn how to handle a Catamaran, all without leaving your desk! And, they've just added a practical component for when you're ready to get out on the water. Some courses are even free.
You can also purchase an inexpensive basic course called SkippersSoftware - including sail handling, sailboat basics, Navigation, etc. from Nautica (http://www.nauticalive.com/en/). Having just reviewed this course, I can wholeheartedly recommend it for those just starting out.
Check out the March issue of Blue Water Sailing Magazine (Blue Water Sailing) for a great article on Learning to Sail Online.
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Best book for you to read is Dave Seidman's The Complete Sailor, about $16 at the local bookstore.
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Caution

Having sailed Puget Sound, the Straits of Juan de Fuca, the San Juan Islands, and the Washington/Oregon coasts, I strongly recommend you not only learn to sail but also learn weather and tides/currents. The weather can be very changable in these waters and the currents in several places can easily overcome a sailboat. You will have to plan your movements daily based upon the weather, tides, and currents.
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I'd point out that the USPS or USCGAux are both good places to take courses on navigation, coastal pilotage, boat handling, etc.
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THE Very first place to start in my opinion is with the points of sail....
Points of sail - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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As a beginner also, it all seems so difficult. I thought the only way to learn is by going out on the water but some of the links posted are very helpful. Glad I found this thread-
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Hi,

I also recommend "The Complete Sailor" by David Seidman. Also, there are several online boating courses which are great for learning the rules of road, so to say. You can also get an insurance discount after completing a course. Another must have book is the "The Annapolis Book of Seamanship" by John Rousmaniere. It is a great book. For dvd's, I have heard great things about The Annapolis video series, but I personally have not seen any yet to comment further.

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