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I have only recently turned 62 and have often wondered about the pleasures of small boat lake sailing. At my age I think it's probaby now or never, but I know virtually nothing about what to do. Shall I contact the local USCG for instruction before looking for a sea worthy craft, or vice versa? I guess that would be the smartest thing to do, to read up on the educational material they would have available - and later procure a skiff (correct term?). Is there a certification process involved? Any advice would be good advice. Thank you
 

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Take some sailing lessons, and get familiar with how a boat works. I drove my instructors crazy with questions, but I got answers. Do some reading on functions of boats, and that will head you in the right direction to figure out yoyur needs. Once you know your needs choosing a boat will fall in place, and you can always build one if you are a handy type person......i2f
 

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Welcome to the Net, Gongo.:) There is a wealth of knowledge on this forum from a multitude of seasoned and wise old salts. You came to the right place.:D

For starters, you should review the thread by the Sailnet Administrator on the rules of the Forum (if you haven't already), and follow by just browsing through the various subject areas, archives, sailing articles that have been posted here throughout the years. You will go into information overload very quickly. But you will learn a great deal in the process.

Where do you live and plan to sail? What are your ultimate goals for sailing...a circumnavigation, cruising the Chesapeake, local dinghy racing, etc.? Your answers to these and many other questions will lead you to where you want to go. And this forum is a good place to start. If you live near a sailing community, or have friends who sail, that will be your best starting point. No time like the present!!:D

Welcome to the party!:thewave:

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I have only recently turned 62 and have often wondered about the pleasures of small boat lake sailing. At my age I think it's probaby now or never, but I know virtually nothing about what to do. Shall I contact the local USCG for instruction before looking for a sea worthy craft, or vice versa? I guess that would be the smartest thing to do, to read up on the educational material they would have available - and later procure a skiff (correct term?). Is there a certification process involved? Any advice would be good advice. Thank you

Sailing is not hard. My dad started at 59 or 60 with a Tayana 42 (though he has spent a lot of time with me and we worked on it together). He took an ASA class for a formal education, but I doubt it is necessary.

If you enjoy reading and can learn that way, purchase Chapman's Piloting and The Annapolis Book of Seamanship. I prefer the latter of the two. It will give you enough of the basics to get started. An ASA class would be good too. They are all over the country.

After that, you will be in a good position to start off with a sailboat. Ask questions here, red the threads... whatever you need and we will see if we can help.

Regards,

- CD
 
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