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I've found myself wrestling with this question as well.
I'm not at all, new to the sea. I've been on the water professionally and personally for most of my life. I'm only new to sailing. So it's not like I'm trying to cram learning the COLREGS and general, good seamanship AND sailing skills into an afternoon's excursion on the water.
I absolutely believe that sailing schools have value, but I find that I'm kind of impatient and if the course is too expensive or won't coordinate with my work schedule, I might take longer to sign up for it that I'd like. Plus, this cursed, frozen weather has iced me into my slip.
Like you Tybee, I'm a voracious reader. Sure, I'm impatient but I'm not reckless. I didn't just jump in my boat without picking up a book or asking a lot of questions. I squeaked in one sail in December on a 50 degree, sunny day. Alone.
Now I'm hooked. And what that means is that I don't just want to sail, I want to sail well. I don't really want to race (I want to watch races though, maybe crew for one). I want to sail MY boat, well. I want to make it perform to the best of it's ability and efficiently. I don't want to be a sloppy sailor who just "makes the boat go".
So what I need, is time with an instructor to help me refine my skills and confirm or refute that what I'm doing is right. I'll probably end up taking a class in the Spring.
So I'd say it's not school vs seat of the pants, I'd say that they can compliment one another if done safely.
Last edited by Ajax_MD; 01-13-2010 at 10:45 PM.
Reason: Cleaning up my grammer.