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Good morning from Chicago. I'm a 51-year old retired guy that is looking to begin to sail. My goal is to be able to safely cruise for extended periods of time. Right now, it seems like an attractive retirement plan I'll lurk for a while and read as I go. Thanks for your patience in advance.

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Good morning from Chicago. I'm a 51-year old retired guy that is looking to begin to sail. My goal is to be able to safely cruise for extended periods of time. Right now, it seems like an attractive retirement plan I'll lurk for a while and read as I go. Thanks for your patience in advance.

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Welcome,

I am from Chicago also, West Loop Greektown.

I hang out at Belmont and Burhnam Harbors helping my buddies out on the docks.

Sounds like a solid plan

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Re: New from Chicago

We don't have near enough information from the OP to say it's a "solid plan." Starting with the fact that he doesn't yet sail and probably has not stayed on a sailboat for any length of time. Once he gets a realistic idea of the cost of maintaining a boat, the comforts he has to give up, the all around lifestyle change, then things will begin to be clearer to him.

To the OP I would suggest spending a LOT of time in the Liveaboard forum and then start to ask your inevitable questions. Lots of members here who are living aboard will be happy to help.

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As stated above read all you can, get on a sailboat as much as you can, learn as much as you can. and in a few months see if you think you might still want to go, how far do you want to go, how much of Land life are you willing to forgo, How much do you have to spent on the boat and up keep for the first 3 years.


3 months later see where you are again.



Hope you decide to go Sailing, Fair Winds

ps we really do want new people to join the Sailing Community Honest

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Thanks all. Deal... I'll update in 3 months.
Currently reading Sleight's Sailing Manual
Any other suggested readings?
Out of the forums, I've already been lurking on the Live Aboard. Good discussions....
best to all.
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Question - How do you get experience on different boats? As a beginner I want to sail and learn as much as I can, and it would seem that in Chicago there are those opportunities. Does anyone have any thoughts on how to amass sailing experience?

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Re: New from Chicago

I joined a local sailing club. Google them in your area. Sailing clubs are an inexpensive way to get on different boats, get different opinions from the skippers, many clubs have some sort of training (either in water or after a meeting).

For $35/year I was able to sail on other people's boats while I decided if this was really an investment I wanted to make.

Make a list of the clubs you're interested in and study the web sites. Note if they have racing, day sails, weekend sails, etc. Attend a few meetings before making a commitment to see if you're comfortable with the members and how welcoming they are. At one point I belonged to three at the same time because each club had something different to offer.

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