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noob question

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Hi. I'm not sure if this is the right forum to pose this question, but would greatly appreciate any feedback.

So I recently retired from the military and have big dreams of cruising as a lifestyle. I sailed lasers on a lake as a kid, but that's as far as my sailing experience goes. I've read some and realize the best way to get up to speed is to take lessons and join a crew, to not only see if it's really what I want but also to gain experience.

While I plan to do those things, if I were to try to get a job in the sailing world, where should I start to best prepare to live my dream?

Being a military retiree, I'm not wealthy, but I also don't need a full-time/career type job, unless it is more beneficial to pursuing my dream than, say, a part-time job at a sailing gear shop.

Due to family obligations, I can't join a crew in the near future, but I do live in Los Angeles.

Any advice? Thank you.
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I'm just guessing, but I suspect that you, like most military retirees, has to find a job in order to make ends meet. So, why not go to one of the technical schools that you frequently see advertised on TV, get trained as a marine mechanic and also a rigger, then you can pretty much select the marina where you wish to work, and frequently set your own hours. This not only will provide you with a great income, but additionally, expose you to a wide variety of recreational boating aspects, sailing and powerboating, and also provide you with the ability to climb aboard many, many types of vessels and possibly come up with some great buys and rock bottom prices. All the while you will gain an enormous amount of experience, and learn all the pitfalls of boating at the same time.

Just my 2 pence worth,

Gary :cool:
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