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Getting Started in Sailing Budget

Here's a proposal for guiding newbies who wonder how much it might cost to get started. I'm assuming a moderate or low-budget approach that leans toward begging rides on boats as crew and getting the most value possible, which might be especially applicable to young folks or other people on a tight budget.

This assumes a bit of bargain shopping luck in a moderate-cost area of the USA for someone getting started in sailing a small keelboat or large, stable dinghy. Gear will be a bit different for performance dinghy or some other specialized sailing, sailing in extreme weather or climates, etc., but these lists might give a rough idea of what beginners might start off spending. New sailors might already have some useful gear at home. And, for every item, no doubt there are higher-performance or deluxe versions than can cost much more. Different kinds of boats and different skippers may have different feelings about what crew should bring or not bring. Some of these will obviously vary by the new sailor's preferences and priorities.

$10
7.00 Six-pack or bottle of beer or other beverage donation to crew/host gift/bribe/courtesy
1.50 Lip balm
1.50 Bus fare or parking near marina

$50
7.00 Host gift
1.50 Lip balm
7.50 Sunscreen
1.50 Bus fare or parking near marina
32.50 Non-marking shoes, on sale at sporting goods or marine provider

$100
0.00 State-sponsored Basic boating safety class or lecture
0.00 Sailing books and videos from library
7.00 Host gift
1.50 Lip balm
7.50 Sunscreen
2.50 Billed cap at thrift store
2.00 Sailing or boating book at thrift store
2.50 Whistle
4.50 3x Bus fare or parking near marina
32.50 Type III life vest
40.00 Non-marking shoes, on sale

$250
0.00 State-sponsored Basic boating safety class or lecture
0.00 Sailing books and videos from library
7.00 Host gift
1.50 Lip balm
7.50 Sunscreen
2.50 Billed cap at thrift store
2.00 Sailing or boating book at thrift store
10.00 Windbreaker, at thrift store
21.00 Sailing gloves
2.50 Whistle
5.50 Bus fare, parking near marina, or gas money
40.00 Non-marking shoes, on sale
150.00 Auto inflatable Life Vest

$500
0.00 State-sponsored Basic boating safety class or lecture
0.00 Sailing books and videos from library
40.00 boating class sponsored by USPS, USCG Aux, etc.
12.50 Sailing or boating books at thrift store
25.00 Basic sailing video
7.00 Host gift
1.50 Lip balm
1.50 Cap or eyeglasses clip/keeper
7.50 Sunscreen
2.50 Billed cap at thrift store
2.50 Whistle
10.00 Windbreaker, at thrift store
21.00 Sailing gloves
29.00 Sailor’s knife/marlinspike/rigging knife
95.00 Breathable jacket
40.00 Spray pants, water resistant from camping store
15.00 Bus fare, parking near marina, or gas money
40.00 Non-marking shoes, on sale
150.00 Auto inflatable Life Vest

Possible Additional….
250.00 Initial sailing club or co-op membership
500.00 Introductory level sailing school lessons, basic certification
1500.00 Inexpensive dinghy and trailer

Other possibilities: Small duffle bag, ocean-quality foulies, dinghy booties, nicer boat shoes, sea boots, kayak socks or pants, quick-drying clothing, personal locator beacon, float coat, wet or dry suit, canteen/hydration pack, bandana or head band, watch cap, motion sickness remedies, spare eye glasses or contacts, compass, strobe light, flashlight with red lens, etc., depending upon needs, wants, and comfort level.

Really optional: Blazer, blue, double-breasted, gold buttoned, with cute fishy neck tie.
 
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