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I've been on a two year journey to set sail from after hurricane season. I'm purchasing a boat next month, but the only thing holding me back is a lack of sailing experience.(have been on speed boats for years but bot sailed) My idea is to take the money i've saved and living on a budget i sould be able to be ok for three years or more. So what i'm looking for is its possible to find people to join me that have sailing knowledge and want to have some fun and go, the boat i've picked is a alberg 30 just if your wondering. I've always wanted to see the world and feel this is the best way to do so.
 

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"See the world" is a rather big statement. Where are you starting from ?
 

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an alberg 30 is a small boat for two or more people who don't know each other very well to be stuck on.

My recommendation to you is to spend your first year coastal cruising and doing progressively longer sails and working your way up to short blue water passages and then longer and longer passages.

I'd also recommend that you take at least a basic ASA 101 learn to sail course, which will give you a solid foundation to base your learning on. Better yet, take the whole sequence, including the 101, 103, 104, 105 and 106 courses, which would give you the basic fundamentals of cruising on a sailboat... along with the navigation skills you'll need.

If you want to learn how to do this yourself, the basic 101 course is a minimum IMHO, and will get you off to a fairly decent start.

I'd recommend you pick up the following books:

Dave Seidman's The Complete Sailor
Richard K. Hubbard's Boater's Bowditch
Beth Leonard's The Voyager's Handbook
Richard Henderson's Singlehanded Sailing
Don Casey's This Old Boat and Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual
The Annapolis Book of Seamanship or Chapman's.

This basic library will give you a basic sailing primer, a basic book on navigation techniques, a book on cruising, a book on sailing long distances singlehanded, two books on sailboat maintenance and upkeep, and a book on the rules and traditions of seamanship.
 

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Thanks for the ideas on the books and I'll look into the ones i haven't read. The starting small is always a smart safe plan and I'm not ruling it out . Just weighing my options.
 

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I'll second all of Dog's book recommendations except Beth Leonard's The Voyager's Handbook. For me the book contained nothing I haven't read 100 times before.
 

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Beth's book recently came out in a second edition, which is heavily expanded and revised, and my guess is that the OP hasn't the depth and breadth of reading cruising material that you have. :)
I'll second all of Dog's book recommendations except Beth Leonard's The Voyager's Handbook. For me the book contained nothing I haven't read 100 times before.
 

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Beth's book recently came out in a second edition, which is heavily expanded and revised, and my guess is that the OP hasn't the depth and breadth of reading cruising material that you have. :)
Wow, I'm impressed, nicely said, lol
 

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