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post #1 of 6 Old 01-10-2020 Thread Starter
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hi community, new member here, just joined to learn new things , thinking to start lessons and hopefully I buy my own boat for sailing ...since I was a kid I wanted a boat but never managed to have ...
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Welcome aboard, now grab an oar and help row.

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Yes! Welcome aboard. ...and if you don't have an oar, I'll lend you one
as I have been accused of only having one oar in the water for years!
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Welcome.
My suggestion would be to buy a 15 foot or smaller very cheap dinghy that's pretty beat up, but serviceable. This is not going to be a boat to take your friends out on, but instead you will be crashing into docks, running aground and even tipping her over on occasion. This is the boat to make all your beginner's mistakes on, before you buy a nicer, more expensive boat. And believe me, if you start with the more expensive boat, you are still going to make all the same mistakes, classes or not, but the repair bills will be much more expensive, and if you load the boat up with friends, there is the possibility of someone getting hurt.
This is how almost every professional sailor of note learned to sail, not through some expensive cookie cutter course.
Along with your little beater, I would highly recommend a great little book called Royce's Sailing Illustrated, a fun yet very comprehensive book filled with important information for the novice sailor or experienced professional. No massive preachy tome this, just a well put together book with everything from rigging, docking and even splicing. I've been using it to teach sailing for over 45 years, and still refer to it now and then, myself.
Good luck and remember, sailing is supposed to be fun, so keep that in mind when you are having a hard day.

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You will have fun learning how to sail. It isn't that hard, just takes practice....and then, as the boats get bigger, with more complex systems, there is always the challenge to keep it all working, all at the same time. Best to keep a simple boat.
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