Also: YOU might want to spend more than 6 hours sailing around on a boat, maybe even your wife does, too. However, I haven't met anybody who doesn't sail that enjoys sitting in a small boat for that long. For most people, there has to be a few other things to do than sit on a bench. At least swimming, laying down, eating, drinking. But even then, 6 hours is a long time. If you bring friends, stay close to the boat's home base and be mindful of their moods. Be ready to return them to their car in short notice. Then you can take the boat back out yourselves for the rest of the day and really practice what you learned in class. What lots of non-sailors prefer is a sundowner cruise, or a sail to some destination, get off the boat for activities at the destination, then return to the starting place on the boat.
Yeah, I've already talked to them about what they think their tolerance is ("4-6 hours"), and am mentally multiplying that by about 67%. If we can arrange the rental at all, which is no guarantee, I think my wife and I will try to get out early in the morning to sail by ourselves, and then swing back by the docks to pick up our friends early in the afternoon before heading out for the rest of the day. I'll certainly keep "Pick a destination they want to go to to keep them entertained" on the list, as well.
Originally Posted by Stumble
If you aren't calling the yacht clubs you are missing out on one of the best resources out there for new sailers. Sure there are some that are very expensive, exclusive, and elitist, but they never let me in so I don't know much about them. The other 95% of yacht clubs are welcoming, generally cheap, and prone to force you to drink bear while trying to convince you to take their boats out sailing.
I don't know any clubs in your area, but my club costs about $500/year, and with that membership I can use any of the club owned boats as much as I want, seven days a week, including takeing them out for weekends... Out current boat list...
5 Flying Scotts
18' Boston Whaler
And we are not unique. Many yacht clubs own boats specifically for their members to use. With rental rates either being free, or just enough to cover the cost of operation.
I haven't called any yet, but there aren't many in our area (really only three* within anything close to reasonable distance), and looking over their websites it doesn't look like they had club boats, either. (One looked like it might
, but only J/24s.) I assume that, if they had a club fleet, they'd mention it (the way that Southern Yacht Club does), and they don't. Wouldn't hurt to call 'em and make sure, of course, so depending on how a couple of things that just came up play out I may do that later this week.
Tangent: Medical problems suck. /Tangent
Even southern Maine just doesn't have the population (or year-round weather, I suppose) to support robust yachting clubs, it seems. But we'll see how the weekend goes and perhaps see what the slim pickings of yacht clubs have to say (even though they seem to have multi-year waiting lists).
* Portland Yacht Club, Centerboard Yacht Club, and Harraseeket Yacht Club