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Old 28-06-2015, 16:46   #1
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Starting my journey

Howdy guys.

I am a 31 year old who has lived on the Eastern coast of Florida my whole life.

I am making a big decision to transition my life where I could live on a sail boat for a few months out of the year - if not longer.

I am starting to immerse myself in literature/groups regarding the lifestyle and sport.

I am starting from scratch and figured I would be signing up for sailing classes and also looking into a dingy that I could begin to use myself through the ICW.

Any pointers and or people willing to share their wisdom and some next steps, vessels I should consider would be greatly appreciated.

Here I go!


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Old 28-06-2015, 17:17   #2
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Re: Starting my journey

You have to get out there and try it for yourself, no one can tell you what works best for you regarding boats, there are as many different opinions as there are boats and only you can decide what you want. You are starting off on the right foot. Join a Yacht club or sailing club and get out on as many different types of boats that you can.

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Old 28-06-2015, 17:26   #3
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Thanks. I am thinking about purchasing a small sailing dinghy to also get a good feel and idea of mother nature.

Do you recommend purchasing new or used...

I found: WALKER BAY Walker Bay 8 & 10 Sail Kits | West Marine

What are your thoughts Captain?

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Old 28-06-2015, 20:03   #4
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Welcome aboard, Chenzo.

on Capt.58sailing's advice.

Feel free to ask specific questions--they're easy to answer, compared to a suggestion for advice. Also, generally speaking, pictures also help a great deal.

Ann & Jim, U.S. s/v Insatiable II, SE Qld, for a while
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Old 28-06-2015, 21:10   #5
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Re: Starting my journey

It's a great lifestyle and you're in a good spot to pick it up! Im 32 and fell into it a couple years ago.

This deals specifically with bluewater boats, but is still a good starting place boatwise: Mahina Expedition - Selecting A Boat for Offshore Cruising

Or the minimalist version: Atom Voyages - Good Old Boats List
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Re: Starting my journey

And has a decent list.

Here's a ramble about our boat search...

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A Hobie Adventure Island sail tri-kayak is a much closer sailing experience to a larger boat than a sail dinghy such as a walker bay. Quick to learn and easy to handle, they can handle some wind, don't capsize, and tack/gybe very much like large boats, and operate at the same speeds as their larger brethren.

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