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I know little about sailboats and I want to learn more terminology prior to take a sailing class. Are there any must read books or any information online that I should know prior to signing up?

Basically, I would like to know the general information such as the names of the lines, sails, types of boat, and wind direction.

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Annapolis book of Seamanship should be the first book you read.
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Re: Sailboat terminology

While the Annapolis Book is definitely one you should pick up, I'd recommend David Seidman's Complete Sailor as your first read. The book is not nearly as heavy and takes you almost step by step through all things sailing.


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Most sailing schools mail you the book they will be using for the test ahead of time so you'll have plenty of time to study. Generally the books are for beginners and include all the terms you mentioned.

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You might want to get Sailing for Dummies book.



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Thank you all. I will probably pick up all of these. As I am sure(or hope) most sailers will opt for the to much information rather than not enough.

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Re: Sailboat terminology

+1 on Seidman's. Provides a very good foundation for a beginner sailor.

A decent index of sailing terminology can be found here:

Sailing Terms, Sailing Lessons and Nauitical Links

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I will take a look at those as well.

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