Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Marathon, Florida
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Re: Florida Newbie
Mark, there are as many opinions on learning to sail as there are sailors.
There are some very good sailing schools in Florida that will give you experience and time on the water before you spend the money on a boat.
Another thing to keep in mind is most of us didn't really know what we wanted when we started out; our opinions changed and evolved as we gained experience.
Starting with a 22 foot day sailer and then moving up as we got a better idea of how we'd really use the boat worked for us. Best of all by maintaining that boat in good condition we were able to sell it with virtually no out of pocket for the boat for those two years, just our slip fees.
Best of luck
“The sail, the play of its pulse so like our own lives: so thin and yet so full of life, so noiseless when it labors hardest, so noisy and impatient when least effective." - Henry David Thoreau