Originally Posted by Stevediveski
While we're on th e topic. I'm a newbie too. I've been trying to get some sailing experience by crewing
but havent had any luck so far. I'm getting rather disheartened waiting for my sailing to happen and I was considering buying my own boat so I wasn't reliant on others. But I would probably make a bad decision and do my dosh. So what is a guy supposed to do?
I had a similar experience. I wanted to learn to sail locally and went looking for opportunities. They were not easy to find. I responded to crewing
opportunities on this site and actually went out on a 40+ foot boat helping crew on one occasion - but the learning
opportunities are really few and far between.
So, I bought an inexpensive trailer sailor to learn on. I ended up purchasing Macgregor
Venture 21. It was cheap
(under $1000) and had all the pieces to be on the water
immediately. It isn't pretty, but it's functional to learn on and frankly, I didn't want anything "nice" to learn on. I wanted something that already had some character so when I bumped the trailer while loading it or scraped a bit of dock
coming or going, it wasn't going to break my heart.
I have liability insurance
- so I am not putting you at risk.
I am very respectful of other boats and give wide berth to others. I'd rather stop my boat in its tracks than worry about which boat must give way. I haven't been within 100 feet of another boat as a result - except while sitting at the dock
- and that's the way I want it at least for now.
In the interim, I've joined a local yacht club and I'm working hard to volunteer, become involved and take advantage of educational opportunities. Unfortunately, I missed the beginner sailing class which started February 15 - but I'm in contact with the individual who organizes the classes
and I will certainly be signed up for the next round - but in the interim, I am not going to sit and wait for that opportunity, I'm going to get out and practice/learn.
I went out on Sunday. I make mistakes
- and there are certain things that I just don't understand yet - but sailing on my own has really helped me determine exactly what I don't know. When I do get into the classes
, I will have a very good idea what I don't know and I will spend more time focused on those issues.
So, I guess I fall somewhere in the middle, too - but more toward the end of the spectrum recommending that you buy the boat and get out there sailing it - just do it responsibly, make sure you have liability insurance, and get into sailing classes as soon as possible. Practice, practice, practice....