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We can help you get started. Stand up in front of the room and say "Hi, my name is sail73fl, and I am a stinkpotter". Eleven more steps and you'll be a sailor.
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Re: Power boater looking to learn to sail

I had a similar background as you, likely with less powerboat experience than you. We took a weekend ASA 101 Class, then bought a 32' sailboat and took another private weekend of lessons on our boat and have never looked back.

We did speed our learing curve by crewing on a racing boat for 3 seasons.

For those like me that come to sailing later in life I don't think there is a ton of advantage in buying a small boat to start. Taking your classes on a smaller boat might be a good idea, but If your goal is a mid-sized cruiser or cruiser-racer then learning on that sized boat makes the mose sense in my opinion.

Small boats will help you learn about sail trim as you can feel the effects of small trim changes, but as others pointed out, they won't teach you much about docking, anchoring or mangaging a bigger boat.

Good Luck and welcome to the ranks of Blowboaters.
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Re: Power boater looking to learn to sail

Thera is nothing like actually sailing. Book knowledge is necessary, but you need to put it into practice. Nothing made sense to me until we got into the boat! I agree that a quick 3 day course will give you the basics- just check how much classroom vs sailing hours their course has.

And, welcome to Sailing!! I had a background just like and absolutely love it! You'll do fine!

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Re: Power boater looking to learn to sail

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I had a similar background as you, likely with less powerboat experience than you. We took a weekend ASA 101 Class, then bought a 32' sailboat and took another private weekend of lessons on our boat and have never looked back.
I also came from a powerboat background. Remember you've already got the navigation/seamanship portion under your belt. You just need to learn how to sail. I took the ASA 101 Keel Boat Course, it put the "sailing puzzle" together.

If you're looking for a mid size boat, 28'-32' do it. Forget the smaller vessel that you'll use for one season & begin talking to yourself. Would've, could've, should've got a bigger boat.

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Re: Power boater looking to learn to sail

being experienced in boating in general makes u ahead of the game,despite what you hear sailing is not rocket science,its mostly logic,the first time i acually sailed [no instructions]i picked a day with moderate wind,put up the main,experimented what i could do with it,the next day i put up only the jib and finally put up a complete set of sails[still moderate wind]after that i would just experiment,was this faster or was this better!,i'm still no racer and i doubt i have the skill,a sailing class will only teach you the basics,theres a thousand things you will still need to learn,trial and error is the best teacher,eventually you will run into a situation where you will need to depend on your instincts and experience, after lots of years i'm still learning.btw when i bought my boat i had never even been on a sailboat
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