Originally Posted by Kit-renard
Thanks for reading my excessively long post
Yer ain't seen nuthin' yet
I think your plans sound eminently sensible. And somewhat more coherent (reality based?
) than some others I have seen as a first post on CF.
As you mention, the big fly in the ointment at the moment is being landlocked
- but if you have access to any lakes I would not discount them as not being "proper" sailing.........in addition to a mix of lessons (useful when starting from scratch, but not the be all and end all - so I wouldn't blow my budget on them) and crewing
(scope to learn as much as you want - cheaply
) given your timescale and budget (low!) I would be looking to get a sailing dinghy
. A cheap
one. I personally wouldn't go for something with which getting dunked 5 times a trip is part of the "fun"
but you're younger than me - so that may in fact be attractive.........but a squillion designs of dinghy
out there - albeit with low cost you may not get a squillion choices
At the very lowcost end (sitting unloved in the corner of a boatyard etc) if it floats and has sails
then anything else is a bonus!
Apart from getting in as much sailing time as you want (in addition to crewing
on larger boats) you will also learn to be the Skipper
. When you are the one solely
responsible for not sinking / hitting anything (etc
) you get a different perspective from the helm
than as simply crew (not to say that learning to be crew is not also important - good crew is always welcome onboard
, and part of being good crew is accepting you are not Skipper
- even though you could be........and better at it
). In some things size is not so important
Nor is the length or distance of voyage. Half way accross a small lake will provide lessons applicable to half way accross an ocean..........especially the bit about getting back to dry land
I would also suggest a sailing dinghy if you manage to get near the shore.
The good news is that with your timescale you have the opportunity to learn oodles and oodles, not only from reading (CF well worth hanging around on) and from others in person - but from actually doing..........not only the sailing stuff (easy enough to learn, the lifetime learning is about doing so well - whilst not sinking / bumping into anything - Docks or Continents
)..........but (for you on a very low budget) equally importantly to learn about boat maintanence (what boats need, what is good / not good, what the work actually involves in cash and time - and ideally some hands on skills, or at least knowing what the jobs involve)
Your own small boat (even a sailing dinghy!) will teach you a lot, but being interested onboard other boats will generate a mass of information and opinions (not all right
- part of what you have to learn is being able to sift for the nuggets) as well as the opportunity to look very closely at boats you are crewing on - for the good, the bad and the scarey!
Nothing like doing a job to realise why you would prefer not to do a job - and to help you decide whether or not to buy
that job when the time comes for your "proper" yacht.............with your budget and plans she will
require work. With your budget mostly by you
. (only with boats is it considered normal to buy the opportunity
to pay bills
). ..........but by taking the time over the next couple of years to learn and experiance to the max you will
save yourself a fortune - with your (and any!) budget very easy to buy yourself a whole heap (word chosen carefully!) of trouble. and the bills to go with it. Buy badly and you can easily break your bank balance. and your heart...........whilst remaining tied to the Dock
BTW offering to help out with maintanence will make you very popular, especially if you have 8 foot arms with 4 elbows and can see in the dark. and around corners
- Hell, if you fitted that bill (and posted a photo - I've been caught before
) I will send you a plane ticket for next winter
Anyway, enjoy the learning curve - and remember it's meant to be fun.........even if you can't always remember why