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Old 19-02-2014, 17:32   #1
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An Earnest Beginners Search For Advice?

Dear Sailors that are more experienced than I,
(anyone reading this post!)

Right now I am in South Florida.

I am on a quest to buy a 36-50' Trimaran, my budget is between $15-80,xxx. Ive had a lot of haters on that figure, but Ive just crossed the country from Oregon, looking at as many boats as I can, and you might be surprised what I've found! Nothing fancy, and only one that wasn't just glass over plywood, but Ive been saving money, I feel like I have a lot, but none the less its all I have to spend.. And the less the better!! But this is a lifestyle adjustment plan for me, not just a hobby, and I feel like if I am able to preform all the maintenance myself, (which I am more than interesting in mastering those skills) that I could take an old plywood boat around the world..
Call me crazy?

Ok, sorry for the lengthy rant, but the advice I'm reeaaally looking for, (which I guess is also the crazy part) Is that I don't reeaallyy have any real experience sailing...Been on the water plenty, but under power.. Now, I have a crew that is going to come along once I buy a boat, and that includes a very experienced captain, who is certified to train as well. However, even though I have been studying like crazy, and have played with the hobbycats and stuff, I really want to find a solid but modestly priced sailing school to get sharp before I come close to finalizing a purchase.
Like I said Im in S. FL, but I can travel a bit.. Id like to find something that would take me from basics to advanced (Full Time, and Im a quick learner) in 4-6 weeks? Any advice at all would be greatly appreciated, even advice on alternative ways to prep!

Thank you all!

Jeffrfsparrow at gmail dot com
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Old 19-02-2014, 19:12   #2
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Re: An Earnest Beginners Search For Advice?

Aloha Jeff,
Try ASA or USSailing on a search. They are the ones who offer those types of courses. They should be in your area.
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Old 20-02-2014, 03:03   #3
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Formal training a good way to get knowledge quickly, albeit not a substitute for experience. But that can come later in own time / at own pace.

I suggest also getting time under sail on other people's boats, variety of boats and skippers! Will teach a lot from the variety of approaches.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Jeff.
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Old 20-02-2014, 05:55   #5
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No, you're not crazy for chasing a dream.

The harsh reality is you currently have neither skill or experience. I suggest before you drop even one cent of your money that you instead sign on as crew on other boats. Work the deck, stand the watch, work the galley, show desire to learn about all systems. At least for now, traveling the world on OPM is better than on your own dollar.
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Old 20-02-2014, 12:57   #6
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Hi Jeff
I have a few weeks available where I could squeeze you on a course at a reduced rate either ASA or IYT, you can fly down to the BVI on Spirit for around $90 each way at the moment.
Courses usually start on a Monday, I have some free reading material that I could send you by PDF to get you started if you like, PM me.Steve
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Re: An Earnest Beginners Search For Advice?

There are sailing schools in Florida- but Steve sounds like a pretty good deal. The absolute cheapest way would be showing up on the docks and washing decks for sailing time.
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Dear Sailors that are more experienced than I,
(anyone reading this post!)

Right now I am in South Florida.

I am on a quest to buy a 36-50' Trimaran, my budget is between $15-80,xxx. Ive had a lot of haters on that figure, but Ive just crossed the country from Oregon, looking at as many boats as I can, and you might be surprised what I've found! Nothing fancy, and only one that wasn't just glass over plywood, but Ive been saving money, I feel like I have a lot, but none the less its all I have to spend.. And the less the better!! But this is a lifestyle adjustment plan for me, not just a hobby, and I feel like if I am able to preform all the maintenance myself, (which I am more than interesting in mastering those skills) that I could take an old plywood boat around the world.
There are some nice Marples type Trimarans in La Paz in the anchorage. They look in great shape other than being covered in guano. You might be able to get on of those cheap.
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I heard the tri from Water World is for sale.
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I heard the tri from Water World is for sale.
Discussed in a previous thread: Waterworld Boat for Sale
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There are some nice Marples type Trimarans in La Paz in the anchorage. They look in great shape other than being covered in guano. You might be able to get on of those cheap.
And, the bus ticket from Tijuana to La Paz is pretty inexpensive. Only takes 24 hours to get there.
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