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So, there ya go CambridgeKid....go get a boat and start sailing!
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My wife got me a copy of "Sailing for Dummies" (that hooked me).
We are going to get a couple lessons while working on our boat. Then we are off.
I will no doubt keep reading, but its nice to see it in a book and be able to also see it On the boat. I think it will help alot to be able to touch whats being described.
The Catalina 25 is large enough to spend the night on while read my Dummies book.
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The Catalina 25 is large enough to spend the night on while read my Dummies book.
Oh yeah....I'm 6'3, 250#....I actually fit quite well up in the V berth. With the top of my head just short of touching the bulkhead, my feet do not touch the bow access partition unless I point my toes. It's actually quite comfortable. In this Texas summer heat/humidity, it's too stifling up there, even with a fan and the hatch open, so I sleep back in the quarter berth....and there's plenty of room back there. However, in the cooler months and over the winter, the V berth is gonna be my place to sleep. Both have overhead cabin lights, new LED ones, so reading, watching a movie on my laptop, or gaming on my Nintendo DSiXL are a perfect end to a day of sailing.
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Agree that it's best to make a lot of mistakes in smaller boats and then move up. Though I had crewed on a neighbor's 24' boat as a kid, my best experiences then were alone in a sailing dinghy.

Years later, my then lady friend (now wife) and I did sailing lessons on the Chesapeake. It all came back quickly.

Ten years later, we did ASA classes and bought our 34' boat the next year. We fumbled about for the first month but eventually got it together, enough to cross Lake Michigan (80 mi) overnight in 20 kt winds at the end of our first season.

I recommend a formal class every 5-10 years to clean out the cobwebs and inspire more practicing of skills on one's own boat.

And I'd like to get back on a little boat with a centerboard again, one of thes summers!
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It depends.
So I spent most of my youth working on the ocean, fishing in old worn out working boats, knew I loved the sea, but I didn't know anything about sailing. After my first lesson I knew I wanted to get rid of my Boston Whaler and get a sailboat. I bought a Cal 2-27 for 4400 bucks. It needs work but I sail it nearly every weekend.
Now, that's a big difference compared to some guy with money who buys a 40 foot new yacht and never sailed before. Somewhere in between there is where most inexperienced yacht buyers fall.
Being a sailing sailor versus being a boat owner is like comparing apples and oranges. Owning a boat is a matter of commitment to a vessel, a whole lot of work, even with a new boat.
Once you are out on the water, there is little difference between a boat you own and a chartered one...but I know a lot of people will argue with me, but my point is they all float. Unless you are a livaboard or a long term cruiser, Owning a boat is never a good financial decision from the MBA perspective but it is a matter of looking at how much you want a sailing vessel that is all yours, how much you are willing to commit to in terms of concern, work, research, and stress.

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A freind of mine had no experiance at all and went out and bought a c&c 25\. He had fun learning how to rig and operate, but unfortunatly he had to sell the boat due to seasonal costs, make sure you are aware of the hole in the water where one throws time and money. I agree with the dingy sailer, or even a CL 16 to start then graduate from there. Good luck
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I think you only need enough experience to find out if you really want to invest the time, energy and money into sailing. Lessons are a great way to start.

Not only does a small boat help skills, but if it is a trailerable boat, you will save dock fees.

Dinghy or small 1-2 man boat is good way to start. Hard to develop experience and competence without owning your own.

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If you are in Boston area - try Black Rock Sailing school


2 months of sailing little boats should be fine to then buy a small boat
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I sailed many time as a kid on bays and the Gulf in small boats. Didn't sail again for 30 years or more. Decided I wanted to do it again. Took an ASA class to relearn skills, sailed on OPBs then about 4 months after I restarted, I went boat shopping. 6 to 8 months later i fell in love with a huge 44' Mason. Love it. I would never buy a small boat, it think it is better to rent one or use OPBs (that is if you are planning on a liveaboard or big boat).
I think it is all in your comfort level and how quickly you learn the basics.
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Before anyone purchases a boat, I suggest looking at a bunch of boating catalogues (West Marine, Defender, etc) so that you know what you're in for as far as replacement parts go. Depending on your boat size, it can be VERY expensive.

I also recommend joining a local sail club. When I first decided to buy a sailboat and before I bought my first boat, I joined a sail club for $40 annual dues and could sail on a number of different types of boats from trailered boats to cruisers. It had the advantage of trying out different types of boats and the skippers were always willing to give advice and lessons as we sailed.

The ASA basic keel boat course is also a good idea.
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