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01-13-2012 01:38 AM
livelyppop Hellosailor I've had a basic sailor course. Also I joined the Puget sound sailing group and have been out on a few sails with them. I would like to do more but they are usually. Weekends which I work.
01-12-2012 05:16 PM
hellosailor ppop, I'd suggest taking a basic sailing course (typically 3 days split into two weekends) to learn how the mechanics of it work and get comfortable with it. Followed by a "bareboat" course, which typically is a week aboard a larger boat, living on it and sailing it and learning boat systems.

No, that's not the cheapest way to go but it gives you a solid foundation and a chance to make sure the surprises won't be expensive ones. And it can even be a fun vacation.
01-12-2012 12:02 PM
Lake Superior Sailor Live your dream!--Dale
01-12-2012 09:40 AM
Squidd Well yeah...that's why I bought my boat too....
01-12-2012 08:45 AM
bljones Hell, unrealistic expectations are the only thing that keep me going.
01-12-2012 06:29 AM
Squidd Well good, then you should fit right in... as long as you don't have unrealistic expectations from all the brochures with bikini babes that don't wear pfds...
01-12-2012 04:28 AM
livelyppop Squid, hey, except for sinking you described by current residence
01-12-2012 04:24 AM
livelyppop I was planning on living on the boat and taking lessons. I've been several times. My son has a boat and is sailing Key West and then Caribbean I believe. I live by myself. Just always loved the water.
01-11-2012 04:43 PM
vega1860 Welcome to SailNet!

We are not in your area now but we expect to be back later this year. (MIL lives in Gig Harbor).

Living aboard and sailing (The same boat) are almost mutually exclusive, especially if learning to sail is part of the equation. I have lived aboard continuously for 23 years now. The only time we sail is when we have someplace to go (Like Hawaii)

It is just too much hassle to pack up and stow all the live-aboard stuff for a day sail. You could get a live-aboard boat, then learn to sail through one of the many clubs in the area. Learning to sail on the typical overloaded live-aboard boat would be counter productive and VERY unforgiving of mistakes...

...but I have seen it done
01-11-2012 03:48 PM
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