Howdy, Aloha, and Welcome Aboard the Forum Jason!
I spent a week on a sailboat in Kaneohe Bay (and at the yacht club there) before sailing over to Kauai
. Good memories.
Nice location! Pretty Wahines on the beach!
For someone who has never sailed before but wants to become a sailor, I suggest the following:
1. Read everything you can about sailing and boats. There is always something else to learn, and the learning
never stops. This is one of the challenging and rewarding parts
2. Watch free videos on Youtube related to sailing and cruising. If you have Amazondotcom's Prime membership
, you can also find free videos about sailing there too.
3. If you can afford it, take some formal sailing lessons
, with an ASA
qualified instructor if possible. A good instructor can get you started right and prevent bad habits from forming.
4. Make yourself available to crew for other boat owners (Other People's Boats).
TIP 1: A good book to get is "Chapman's Piloting." It is a classic (but updated and in its 64th edition!) reference work (been around for almost 100 years) about boating
(and sailing) and has lots of terminology and illustrations that will help any boater be more informed and educated about what to do on the boat and on the water
TIP 2: Another good book for learning the basics of sailing is "The Annapolis
Book of Sailing." The Annapolis
Book of Seamanship: Fourth Edition [John Rousmaniere, Mark Smith]
TIP 3: A good place to start learning something about classic boats (mostly older boats from the 1970s and 1980s, so lower priced now as used boats) that are popular in the US waters is a website focused on "Bluewater Boats." Sailboat Reviews of Offshore Cruising Yachts : Bluewaterboats.org
Learning the Ropes (or Jargon)
One of the first things one encounters when first learning to sail is that there is a lot of "jargon" or sailing terms used by sailors. It can be intimidating to newbies who are unfamiliar with the many terms.
It can take a while to learn it, and I doubt anyone knows it ALL accurately.
You can buy books
with glossaries. You can even find nautical terms online. Here is a link to an online glossary with 500 terms defined. I have no connection to the site or the sailing school
that owns that site. But, the list of definitions can help any sailor. ￼
Glossary; Over 500 sailing & nautical terms defined.
Good luck on your sailing adventures and have fun!