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post #1 of 3 Old 02-07-2019 Thread Starter
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Looking towards a cruising life

Hello, I am very new to all this. I sailed when I was a kid but have not since, I was ten. The only thing I remember was the feeling. My significant other and I would like to make this a family thing and get our son involved at a young age. We are planning to start with coast then work south through the carribean with loose laid plans of someday crossing the Atlantic. We are currently in the asset liquidation/boat buying faze. We are close to Kemah/Galvaston. If anyone has any advice on boats or would like to take a newbie sailing I would very appreciative of either.
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If you are serious go take ASA sailing lessons as a team and have the instructor work you as a team not capt and crew. We never were on a sailboat until Dec 200o when we were living in Dallas and as a lark went to Galveston and took our first sailing lesson. We had such a great time we took 2 more later and well the rest is history.

We got lucky in that the instructors made us work as a team. We still do. As for the kiddies there are lots of youth sailing programs probably where you live that will teach them to sail. You should have so many opportunities down there to join sailing clubs - just beware of racers as some make Capt Bligh look like Mary Poppins - avoid them like the plague.

OH some may say well get a small boat and learn then sell it and get a big boat. We totally disagree with that unless you are flush with cash. Boats never appreciate only depreciate. And getting rid of a small boat can be a big issue. We have a friend who did that and took them a year or two to get of it and then took a bit hit on the price. Our first and only boat is a Jeanneau DS40 - we now have over 40knm on her, a Carib crossing west to eat, Atlantic crossing, all the way around the Black Sea, and most of the Med.

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Re: Looking towards a cruising life

I have to agree about the starting small and work your way up meme. You won't be saving a penny and loosing a lot of them for sure... wasting time buying surveying and selling. Of course it's hard to know what size boat you need for how you will be sailing... And that's the hurdle. I suppose with the internet you can survey and find the boat size, type, age etc. owned by others doing what you want to.

You can start a thread and ask people to discuss the limitations of the size boat they have, what they feel is missing and so on. People change boats for reasons... find out the reasons. Those reasons likely include... comfort, stowage, speed... ease of operation, number or berths, head arrangement, construction technology, style, sea kindliness and so on. Most people I suppose figure this out by committing to a boat and then over time the issues are revealed.

Come boats have a proven reputation as cruisers. I am sure you can find data about this. Look at SSCA . Seven Seas Cruising Association. These are world cruisers and they have lead you to reliable sources of information from people who are out there doing it.

Of course there are some SN people who are knowledgeable and have done or are presently doing what you think you want to do. Good luck.

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