Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Lyndeborough NH
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Do you want to HELP beginners develop their interest in sailing? (I know it is an old thread, but worth reviewing.)
It is not easy for an interested beginner to gain knowledge about sailing. I myself have always been interested in sailboat, got a chance to sail a little in the early '80s. Although I wanted to get more involved, all I could find were the mega-yacht or racing magazines. As a father of young children, I thought sailing was way out of my budget...
Fast forward a few decades and a chance to go sailing again (in a classic Moth). The internet provided a resource for finding more information. EBay and Craig's List showed that decent sailboats could be found for reasonable prices.
My wife and I have owned and sailed: a Hobie 14 (trampolines are not comfortable for leisurely sails - no facilities), O'Day 19 (great trailer sailor for several years but wanted to go out into the "big" water), Capri 22 (actively day sailing from a slip, started "beer can" racing for skill improvement), Cape Dory 25 (restoration project for cruising).
We also have been taking formal lessons for the past years to more rapidly advance our skills and be responsible sailors.
Forums have been a wealth of information. I have actively contributed to some, but mostly read them for information.
Sometimes I get the impression some individuals who get upset when beginners ask the same questions that get asked time and again.
Please remember that beginners don't always know the correct terms to use to ask the proper questions. They may also not know how to effectively use the search engine.
What I have found to be the most helpful responses:
- are links to specific threads from the past (they make sense when someone points them out)
- define acronyms somewhere in the thread ("PO" mean "petty officer" or "purchase order" or a state of mind - "Previous Owner" does not come to mind quickly. It can also be dyslexically confused with "OP" meaning "original poster", not the one from Mayberry.)
- that recognize that most people have the intelligence to learn to sail and encourage the individual. There is a healthy difference in opinions regarding preferences. Certain things are critical (i.e. COLREGS).
A GLOSSARY OF ACRONYMS and TERMS would help us newbies. The information is out there but scattered.
This post is meant to be "food for thought". We have persevered the initial portion of the learning curve and now are entering the visibly sloping portion.