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Sailing is freedom. It isn't entirely avoiding the expense of fuel, it's avoiding the need to find fuel. Freedom. I also have a redundant propulsion system. Sail and motor.

I highly recommend the Colgate Offshore Sailing School. They have many locations, with one nearby in Fort Myers.

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Let me try to hit just a few of your questions:
Into the wind means what it implies, just like walking with the wind blowing in your face. Only sailboats won't go straight into the wind, so it's more like walking with the wind blowing in one eye.
Off the wind is like walking with the wind blowing on your back, or over one shoulder or the other.
Have you ever seen anybody take off from a dead stop in a ski boat? When he starts his boat is "displacing" water, that is, sitting down in the water. He gives it the gas, the boat squats down in back, then it rises up flat on top of the water. That's loaning.
most (almost all) sailboats can't plane. They sit down in the water where they "displace" an amount of water equal in weight to the boat. Under those circumstances the maximum speed of the boat is strictly limited by the boat's length.
Let me recommend The Nature Of Boats, by Dave Gerr. I think Amazon has it. You can't learn more in less reading anywhere else IMO
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Makes sence, the longer the hull the faster and vise versa. What about a catamaran do they act just like sailboats even thoe there wider?
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Thanks for that info it's helping as we speak...
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Edit: the word "loaning" was inserted by my (allegedly) smart phone. Should have been "planing".
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Sailboat or motorboat?

The answer to your question relates in a greater part to your psyche that is your how your mind functions as the center of thought, emotion, and behavior and consciously or unconsciously mediates the body's responses to the social and physical environment.

Some people go nuts on a sailboat as they perceive it as slow.

Others like me go nuts on a motorboat thinking about all the earths finite resources being used up [ ok and the cost! ] plus the noise and wake etc.

For some being on a mobo is a means of getting to a desired destination for others when you are onboard a sailboat you are already there.
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That makes sence, I found a captain of a 42 ' Catamaran sailboat in town that is going to take my gf and me out on a sunset ride. I think I'll get bit once were on it.
Another thing, I found a captain that will give sailing lessons for 3 days at about $500 bucks. I will learn the language of sailing and sailing 101. I think this is a good step. I also researched the Colgate sailing school in Fort Myers and the one in St. Pete. They are really expensive, and I would prefer 1 on 1 lessons. I am still wondering why some choose a catamaran over a single hull sailboat.
They must not rock as much and look to be a bit more roomier? Thanks to all for responding and I love all the pictures on here to. Maybe I can get my gf into this too.
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If your gf takes the bait maybe you can send some instructions for convincing my wife.
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As I watch an orientation on a catamaran sail boat on youtube, I understand why people have them, they have a bit more room and more stable but more expensive then your average sailboat. I'm starting to like these catamaran's, they look good in the water and some of the late 80's to 90's vessels aren't that expensive.
At least for around a 30-40 footer. What do you all think...
Oh and why do you drag the dingy and not have it tied up on the boat?

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