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Does reading a book count?
Read "Learning to Sail" and dropped my Precision-15 into a lake.
Despite memorizing all the points of sail, I basically pointed the boat in the direction I wanted to go, and pulled in the sheet until I started moving. When the boat leaned over too much, I let a little out.
I can get around fairly well, but still want to take lessons just for fun.
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I learned in the middle of W Texas with a Hobie cat 14 and a year later a Prindal 16 and nothing more than the internet and these sites and a "Sailing for Dumbies" book that believe it or not is worth it weight in lead ballest.

I now live aboard in Kemah, TX.
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My first and current sailboat, a 44ft cutter.
I read prolifically whilst installing the mast, standing rigging etc.
bought a set of used sails, motored out into Biscayne bay by myself, took a good look around to make sure no-one was watching and put the sails up.
was sailing about 30secinds later.
Solo'd from Miami through the Abacos and back a few months later.

The scariest part for me was passing under the bridge at the MacArthur Causeway, I'd measured the mast about 10 times, measured from the deck to the waterline, and should have 4ft clear at high tide, sure didn't look like it though on the approach.
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Learning to sail is easy...It's the seamanship part that is hard!

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I have been around boats all my life, I live in Fl. I work at a marina where we rent boats, and I have taught myself to sail for the most part a little help from others, and now I am teaching others how to sail not professionally or anything but I am looking into going through some professional courses so I can be a sailing instructor. I sure have enough hours and I have found that once you teach it you learn a lot more than just doing it.
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As some have said crew on one of the local race boats, that will teach you more about sail trim and keeping a boat moving than 100 books. Use the books for seamanship as said above.
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yeah I too am a self taught guy.....I do not think I was given instruction on a sunfish WAYYYYYYY back but I may have been, 25 yrs later I taught myself to sail a keel boat


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Learning to sail is easy...It's the seamanship part that is hard!

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I taught myself (and am currently learning). Read every book I could get my hands on. I get a little instruction on a friends boat as well.
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I taught myself (and am currently learning). Read every book I could get my hands on. I get a little instruction on a friends boat as well.
If you don't have it yet, buy Dave Seidman's book, The Complete Sailor... you won't regret it.
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