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Re-Learning to Sail in Stuart Florida

Hey all after 20 years of being dry I have finally been able to convince the wife that now is the time to sail.

I spent significant time in Lido's and Harbor's when I was a kid and am very confident in my small boat skills... I've been able to jump on a small boat every few years and it all comes back...

But we just purchased a Columbia 8.3 and this is my first bigger keel boat with winches and roller furling and other toys and I am a bit intimidated and have what i think is a nice dose of fear.

So do I just man up and take the boat out myself and work out the kinks myself or do you recommend a "formal" school or to find someone for lessons?

I stopped in at the US Sailing Center in Jensen and they suggested their small boat course.. That would make alot of sense for my wife that has never sailed before but for me seems too remedial... I just need to larger boat confidence and schooling.

What do you think?

and to all my fellow sailors in Stuart Florida... I am sorry... in advance!!!! :-)

Jeff

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There is an ASA school in Stuart, FL. Also, if you want private lesson from them, check half way down this page: Chapman School of Seamanship - Sailing & A.S.A - Objectives
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A local instructor for a day or two on your boat and I'll bet you would feel fine. In fact, I think its a very smart way to acclimate, rather than just going for it.
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