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Re: Don't need no lessons..just go..

This thread is great and highly encouraging. Being someone with no experience at sailing it is good to hear that many of you think the easiest way to learn is to just go do it. It sounds like as long as your cautious and take your time it is pretty achievable.
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Re: Don't need no lessons..just go..

My pre-boat experience was pretty minimal as well. I'd done tons of reading and fortunately my mind is pretty mechanical so it all pretty much makes sense to me. My first boat I found was pretty cheap and somewhat small. I didn't do a ton of research about what boat to get, i just wanted to get out on the water so a boat in hand that I could afford certainly was better than dreaming about a boat I couldn't afford. I bought a Siren 17 a few years ago for $900 ready to sail. I rewired the trailer and bought the required safety gear to make sure I was safe as well as legal. I went out as often as I could, which unfortunately wasn't as often as I'd like as I didn't have a way to tow my boat to the water due to a break up. Finally got a vehicle set up to tow, but then found someone willing to trade me even up for a Chrysler 22. Knowing all along I'd like a bigger boat I jumped at the chance. It's older than the Siren and needs more work, but there is more room aboard and it's still towable (barely) with my vehicle. Even though I my not actually cruise for many years (if at all), the bigger boat allows me to dream a little more about it and I get to keep practicing on inland lakes and whatnot. In the meantime, I'll keep reading and asking questions. When I'm out on the water I will continue to proceed with caution as my experience and confidence allows. I'm 39 now and figure I have many years of sailing yet to come.
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This thread is great and highly encouraging. Being someone with no experience at sailing it is good to hear that many of you think the easiest way to learn is to just go do it. It sounds like as long as your cautious and take your time it is pretty achievable.
I now know, after years of waiting for just the right boat and moment and the stars to align etc., that I should have just bought a cheap but sailable boat even if it was just a 12 to 19 footer - something I could have done years ago - and get on the water to start sailing.

Now that I'm in a sailing club and get in at least eight hours a week, I realize how much time I wasted - how many sunrises and sunsets I could have witnessed offshore rather than from land.

Most of all, I kick myself for thinking that it would be much harder than it actually is.

It's turned out to be one of the easiest and most pleasurable (and addictive) of things.

Don't wait around. Get SOMETHING, even if it's just a sailing dinghy - a grill, portapotty, and 50-inch big screen tv go perfect on an 8-foot dinghy.
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... just wanted to get out on the water so a boat in hand that I could afford certainly was better than dreaming about a boat I couldn't afford. I bought a Siren 17 a few years ago for $900 ready to sail...
Frikkin' AWESOME - that's what I should have done. I could have been a crusty old salt by now rather than a newbie.
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Re: Don't need no lessons..just go..

Yeah, Terral.... that's what I should have done, too. Howzat go? "Go small...Go NOW!"
I spent years longing, planning, wishing and hoping instead of sailing. I went from denial to thinking I could take a few classes for what a boat costs and get it out of my system. Rather than dope around anymore, I spent my last bit of 'wait' time researching and coming up with "The Plan". Life changes, plans become snarled; but I stayed the course and ended up here.
Either way it works out, I *still* end up with THE boat and time to sail.
Nuthin' wrong with that!
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My thoughts are as in any sport or group you have the ones that were just god gifted greats! this skill set passed thru proper breeding and osmosis, genes ect,,, nothing to do that one day all of us had to start and learn! This group with in the sailing community is the same group that wish's they could of would of but now are too old, too broke, or just to darned scared to cast off due to they may make a mistake in front of their peers! And C-cards to sail my god what's next some sail training machine as big as PADI they way the world learns to dive ON LINE!
I read the kid's blog Not my cup of tea but they did get to see some parts of the world most never do, My favorite was the Bahamas my choice because they are so close and yet so far away! And the Islanders are the best!
I hope to re sail too soon!
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Its hard to believe that they could be banned for being honest. It’s their opinion and its clear they are travelers, not sailors.
Rather than embracing their sailing experience, they feel that their existence and value are being challenged. It is pretty much the mentality of many members on Sailnet here.

Narrow minded individuals will never go far in their career or personal life. I pays to listen, evaluate, adapt and invent.
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Re: Don't need no lessons..just go..

Even after taking sailing lessons years ago I still learn new sailing stuff. I learn when I go out with other experienced sailors, and have an opportunity to reenforce what I know when I sail with crew that has little sailing knowledge. I thing the point is, just go sailing when you can, and read and talk about sailing when you can't.
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if you can read a book, have some common sense, and such...because some of the "sailing lessons" are all but useless, and quite expensive all things considered. I have ASA 101, 103 and another one, I forget..some hands on, a few minutes practice and I have the card....of course 25 years of messing around on boats helped some...but many still get the card. It is not a requirement, yet, to go sailing.

I agree with them, just go...one does not need mega buck boats, with all the latest electronics and such to sail.

I would think many sailing associations would not them around, as their process is contrary to the goals of these same associations.

I have not met the bumfuzzles, but would enjoy talking with them at some point. More power to them.
I am not an experienced sailor, just by the same classes as you (less the time on a sailboat), but I can not think of a more dangerous situation. I, however, would not trust an individual with no firearm experience to go hunting with me (or the same land). Just my opinion
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