Just get out there and go sailing - you only learn it by doing it. Sailing is very basic and easy to learn. Taking care of a boat is another thing - you will learn how to do that too - unless you are rich and can afford to hire all the work done. The rich tend to let the not so rich take care of their boats for them or just run them into the ground and get rid of them. 90% of sailing is working on the boat and keeping it in shape. It is an unending labor of love to maintain a boat if you are not rich. Sooooo- you better love it! (unless you are rich - then all you have to love is the idea of it)
Every boat I have ever owned was a project
- 8 so far -some more of a project
than others. Each has it's own characteristic, flaws, good points &bad points. After a while you get settled on what you think is THE BOAT and then you find one that you think is the PERFECT boat and you cant afford it or it's not for sale
The old saying that "A boat is a hole in the water
you poor money
into." Is absolutely correct but so what? If it's what you love, it doesnt matter.
I remember my 1st boat -"FOLLIE" an old time 26'er built in 1926. The engine
was froze up, it leaked like a sieve, had toredo worms chowing down on the keel
, The varnish
falling off in large flakes, old rusted rigging
- on and on.
My Dad came to visit and see the new family
"yacht" and he didnt say much - just smiled at me with a twinkle in his eye and wanted to go for a ride - a week later I had the engine
going - smoke billowing out the exhaust
- but we went for a ride around the harbor and thought we were BIG SHOT CHARLIE!
The boat started leaking so bad I had to haul her out to see what was wrong.
To make a long story short, I hauled it home on a trailer and spent the next year rebuilding the hull! I didnt know anymore about being a carpenter
than "Two nails to a stud and friday's pay day" But I learned!
So, 40 years later, I'm a wood boat guy - because I know how to do the work and I love it. I have built steel
and have worked on glass as well but I absolutely HATE glass!
You will figure it out sooner or later - the main thing is to find out what you like so you dont make too many screw ups. Getting you Dad involved is a great idea - you'll never regret it.