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What is sailing? I thought this was a political site????
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Re: Should I spend thousands on lessons, or....

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And for Gods sake...don't be a pickle smoocher.
Not sure I agree. I've taken some pickle smoochers sailing; I had a grand time!
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Re: Should I spend thousands on lessons, or....

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Don't go to the Thelma and Louise flying school, it's a short trip with a surprise ending.

Depending on what type of learner you are you may want to take some classes if you decide to get serious on cruising as opposed to day sailing. I don't mean ASA classes, I mean local community college classes on diesels, electronics, and other stuff like that.
Diesels are diesels, no need to take a Yanmar class so you can work on a Volvo.
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Re: Should I spend thousands on lessons, or....

Totally agree with Smack. Getting the theory is great from the courses, but being with more experienced sailors asking questions just speeds up the process. I like ghoing out on some of my friends boats even if we arent racing so I can see how they set things up and think.

It is important to get practical experience on your own. But if you only have yourself to learn from...that will eventually become self limiting.

I agree with Chuck also on some of the technical classes like diesel or even elctrical which I have taken and are taught in our area.
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Re: Should I spend thousands on lessons, or....

Hey Smack, if you cruised 1500 miles offshore and it did not cost you a penny .... can I hire you to manage my boat ?

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Hey Smack, if you cruised 1500 miles offshore and it did not cost you a penny .... can I hire you to manage my boat ?
Sure. My rate is $600/hr.

Oh, and Bubble's right above...any kind of sailing will do. Doesn't have to be off-shore. That's just how I've rolled.
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Sure. My rate is $600/hr.

Oh, and Bubble's right above...any kind of sailing will do. Doesn't have to be off-shore. That's just how I've rolled.

SIX HUNDRED BUCKS AN HOUR ! Who do you think you are ....
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If you don't have some actual time on the water you'll be worse than useless on that race boat.
Every boat that races could benefit from some rail meat, so not worse that useless.
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Re: Should I spend thousands on lessons, or....

Smackdaddy, I agree with most of your statement! I learned how to sail by buying a cheap sailboat and sailed everytime that I had a chance at the local lake. I am considering cruising and have been reading books and blogs for about a year. I then signed up for the ASA101,103,104,114 Catamaran Cruising class and took the class in October. I did this mainly to get some ocean experience, but also to decide if the cruising life was something that I was really wanting to do. It all looks good on the web and in books, but reality is different. I totally enjoyed my week, and was drinking with a firehose to learn as much as I could. I know that I am not experience and still have a lot to learn, but the class accomplished what I had wanted to achieve. I also can now charter, so that is the next step. You can read my thoughts about sailing school and my experience on www.MokaKat.com.
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Re: Should I spend thousands on lessons, or....

I teach the basic keelboat course part-time so take this with a grain of salt.

I learned to sail without a school. Got the rudiments from my Dad, then knocked around in Turnaboats and 110s up east til I sort of knew what I was doing.

I was a kid, and had all the time in the world (and little money and my own boat), so it worked for me.

Less time? Not sure if you'll like it? Then you might try a lesson or three. You'll pick up fewer bad habits along with the good ones.

Then I agree, go race. That's what *really* taught me. Try to pick a skipper who's not a screamer. Or become one, just don't scream. Your crew can teach you stuff if you don't scream.

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