Join Date: Jul 2007
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Re: Want to Purchase by Fall 2018
You might contact or put a notice on this and other sailing forums that you are willing to do spring prep work for free... essentially to get experience and learning and probably end up with an invite to crew. I don't like a lot of the Spring prep work but I do enjoy chatting with other sailors who have come to work on their boats... most of whom I didn't know before. And these salts will give me a hand if I ask for something usually. Very friendly knowledgeable bunch of people. Unfortunately once we get splashed and not in close proximity we usually lose touch, but not always.
My own introduction to boats began in a boat yard doing Spring prep for an old friend who rewarded me with an offer to sail. And so it began.
Lodging may be a problem but you might be able to get an offer to stay on board on the hard during the work and if you meet other sailors maybe work for them for a bit too and soon you'll have a bunch of invites and a lot of hands on boat maintenance experience. Most owners would welcome a hand. Give it a try and tell us how it works out.