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I would point out that I generally recommend that spouses take their courses SEPARATELY. Often, when a couple takes the course together, the dominant partner overshadows the other, and the other doesn't get as much learning or experience out of the course as a result. Also, men and women tend to learn very differently.
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they have lots of these programs all over.... maybe make it into a long weekend vacation and go down to the keys....
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Look for community college or Jr. college classes. I took a couple of years lessons on dingys and 30 foot full keel racing boats and I think I paid about $100 for each five week session (certified via US Sailing). This included about one hour of classroom training per week and four hours out on the water each Saturday (or Sunday, at my choice) for the five week course length. Two or three to a boat, and spouses were sent to different boats. At any rate I got over 120 hours of sailing time in the past couple of years and a lot of classroom sailing theory. I probably took more classes than necessary, but 20 hours of sailing for $100 bucks is hard to beat.

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I would point out that I generally recommend that spouses take their courses SEPARATELY. Often, when a couple takes the course together, the dominant partner overshadows the other, and the other doesn't get as much learning or experience out of the course as a result. Also, men and women tend to learn very differently.
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Amy, I'm also in MA and just signed on for private lessons at a local yacht club. I think the price is great (35/hr or 45/hr for two students); dh and I are taking a lesson together on Friday - I'll tell you how it goes!

I agree about the different learning/cognitive styles of men/women. Also dh and I have some "competency" conflicts, however they're in very different spheres.

Poll: how will a male teacher work w/ us as a couple? How about a woman?
Also, for individual lessons, do you guys recommend same gender teachers?

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I would recommend same gender teachers.

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Amy, I'm also in MA and just signed on for private lessons at a local yacht club. I think the price is great (35/hr or 45/hr for two students); dh and I are taking a lesson together on Friday - I'll tell you how it goes!

I agree about the different learning/cognitive styles of men/women. Also dh and I have some "competency" conflicts, however they're in very different spheres.

Poll: how will a male teacher work w/ us as a couple? How about a woman?
Also, for individual lessons, do you guys recommend same gender teachers?

Many thanks!
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I would have to agree with the OP. Sailing is something I really wanted to do. So was scubas diving. The cost was figured into that, but I did take some measures to make sure I got the most bang for my buck. I took ASA 101 and 103 for about 900$ total. Great experience and well worth the money. I did a lot of research to find the best price. Since then I have found a club through a website and I get a lot of time on the water with them. Could have done that for basically free before my classes. Plus, they will give classes super cheap sometimes. A lot of research will pay off. Just keep looking
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I've taken 3 courses from BSC (from Learn to Sail through Coastal Cruising). It is/was expensive, but they were all well run and extremely informative. Putting cost aside for a moment, another perspective is that if you take a Learn to Sail course, you do get a 35 day membership. During that time, you'll meet others who will undoubtedly end up joining BSC. They will always be looking for crew, every weekday, every weekend.

There's also Black Rock and Boston Harbor.

There are other alternatives too. If you're truly new to sailing, why not start on something smaller than a 27' Soling? Have you looked into the Community Boating Program in Cambridge? For about $250, you'll get on the water for the entire season and get a decent introduction to sailing basics.

Community Boating, Inc - Boston

As mentioned here, a third option is personal instruction. We got lucky and found a great instructor and this was by far the best experience for us. In both content and value.
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In searching for a sailing school and finding Boston Sailing Center to sound ideal, the tuition for 2 adults is about 1600. to *learn to sail!* One well-respected Sailingnet member, Sailingdog, endorses this school and I can see why ... but 800+ per person seems a lot to spend to learn the basics. Am I off base here?
$800 is how much I paid for my Catalina 22 off Craigslist!

I purchased a copy of "The Complete Sailor: Learning the Art of Sailing" by David Seidman, read it cover to cover many times, and then volunteered to crew on an experienced sailors sailboat a few times. When I finally took my C22 out, I had no problems sailing it.

I say skip the lessons, and just get/read a good book, buy a cheap sailboat, and go sailing!
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Get yourself a good little sloop rigged dingy, a basic sailing book, find a quiet cove, go out and bump into the dock a few times make a lot of mistakes and before you know it you will be sailing. That' s how I learned and I was just a stupid 10 year old kid. it's suppose to be fun! Thom
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