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Re: ASA and clubs?

Validation helping to make good choices to learn how to sail. I am thinking right now going to classes is the fast way to learn spending the money in a wise way. The other choice is to buy boats and read. At this point it is to soon to tell if I will do more than casual sailing. Who spends 20K on a boat and can not get it away from the dock. I have a lot of fun anytime I am near the water. Many years ago it was all water ski and go fast. I learned to fly an airplane and flying is very fun but it is more $ than I have. Buying a plane is not an option you must take lessons plus you would die without them. This is not the same for sailboats. Now I want to sail. I have no real large sailboat time. I have heard the joke go stand in a cold shower and tear up $100 bills I am not sure if I am helping to clear up my Question For Lou 452 should I spend $ on the ASA and clubs or just save it and buy gear and boats? Right now I am going to spend some on the club and some class to get my taste and form an opinon. I would like some old salts thoughts.
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Oh I know why its a boom :-( 40 years ago when I was little I was the ball for more than one at bat. I will say this I have yet to boom anyone :-) I have plans never to do so!
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Re: ASA and clubs?

Lou, I think you're on the right course. Take baby steps (club class, sail with a club member) and if you find that you still enjoy sailing, then put out the funds for the ASA 101 course. THEN, if you still feel like sailing is for you, start looking for a small sailboat of your own. Until then, the least expensive route is to sail on other people's boats.

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Hello Lou, I've been dreaming of sailing for years, and as retirement draws near I've decided to join the local club and take their beginners class. They offer 16.5 ft. sailboats and from what I've learned members are really into using other members for crew, mantainence, etc., which is fine with me. I don't see myself retiring in this house or a condo community, so I'm giving sailing my best shot and see if it turns into a lifestyle. Good luck to you.
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Re: ASA and clubs?

Personally I'm of the 'enjoy a steep learning curve' school .If one had the hankering, a few months{say June and July} about 6 or 7 thou, and a goal of sailing to Desolation and return to Van area.I'd say go for it. Read a few how to books, the For Sale ads and come out on the Salish Sea. Due diligence, common sense,and some caution would be necessary but if it doesn't work for you, there are ocean cruises available for the same money and a condo somewhere.
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Re: ASA and clubs?

If you have access to a club with boats, I would do that over taking an ASA course. If you will be chartering sometime, you might actually want the ASA cert. OTOH, I do have a few ASA cards, and must say, that it is motivational to try to get the next one.

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