Originally Posted by Rakuflames
I think dinghies are over-rated as instructional tools, and I don't picture this as a plan for someone who just wants to get on the boat and sail.
I didn't get a dinghy
. I got a 25' pocket cruiser
. If i'd had instruction on a larger boat to start with I probably would have bought a larger boat to start with.
I thought the suggestion to move to Toronto (during spring/summer) and get your feet wet, so to speak, with sailing, was a great suggestion, the difficulty being that how do you choose the boat that's right for you when you haven't sailed?
There's no perfect answer, but I don't think buying
(or two) and waiting a couple of years for whatever reason is the only option. I didn't go that route
and I'm very glad I didn't.
No it's not the only option, there are certainly a whole lot of ways to do this and for some people dinghy sailing would be inappropriate.
But in my experience teaching people to sail, I felt it worked better for people to start in dinghies before moving up to keelboats. When they made the move they already understood the SAILING part of living aboard
and focused instead on the CRUISING parts
underway, officialdom and paperwork, heads, electrical
, etc. People were a lot more comfortable on the keelboats, they were less overwhelmed with things to learn, and in the long run I felt they were safer, the dinghy people always had an edge in sailing skills.
I wouldn't have suggested 2 summer in dinghies if the sailing season in SK were longer.