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Old 16-05-2016, 21:50   #1
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Florida Keys-Newbie Question

My husband and I are definitely taking sailing lessons soon. We will be in the Florida Keys 5/21-6/4 and while we have quite a few scuba trips planned, we do have a few days free. Here comes my question and I apologize now if it sounds invasive or even silly.
How would I go about finding someone who would be willing to take my husband and I out for a sail? We would of course buy dinner and bring a beverage gift for said host and/or hostess. It's like I am inviting us into someone's home so I know it may sound a bit odd. We are just looking for a kind couple who would allow us to ask all of our newbie questions. Is this completely unreasonable to ask? Or am I completely naive to trust someone to take us out in the first place? We have looked into a couple sail trips there but it seems like there are so many people on the boat and we just aren't the cram us in between folks sort of people.
I would be more than happy to give more info about ourselves if you knew of someone willing to spend a couple hours with us.
Any responses that aren't demeaning are appreciated! Thank you so much.
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Old 16-05-2016, 22:16   #2
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Hi Tom and Lee and welcome to the forum.

Bet you will find someone on the forum to take you out. If I was in the Keys I would be happy to invite you but I'm about 6-7 hours north.

Good luck.
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Hi Tom and Lee and welcome to the forum.

Bet you will find someone on the forum to take you out. If I was in the Keys I would be happy to invite you but I'm about 6-7 hours north.

Good luck.
Thanks skipmac, good to know we aren't completely nuts for inquiring!
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Thanks skipmac, good to know we aren't completely nuts for inquiring!
No, you're completely nuts to want to learn to sail.

Be very, very careful. It's the most dangerous thing you could ever do. One taste and you may leave your life ashore and take off for distant shores. I went sailing with some friends, 12 months later I had sold my business, got a job on a boat and didn't come home for two years.
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No, you're completely nuts to want to learn to sail.

Be very, very careful. It's the most dangerous thing you could ever do. One taste and you may leave your life ashore and take off for distant shores. I went sailing with some friends, 12 months later I had sold my business, got a job on a boat and didn't come home for two years.
Haha! Yes, I am finding out this desire could quite ruin us for the better! Our plan is to retire live aboard as we love to travel and we love the ocean. It just seems natural to head in this direction. We've been researching for over a year now and we are 3-5 years out depending on my husbands career and the scary financial state of things. We have so much to learn and we are so excited to get started. We do not plan on living at a marina, we want to sail!
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