Originally Posted by Eeyore0072
Hi Maytrix. I have a tentative date set as the summer of 2023 (although now that I identify as a date it seems so much father away). At that point, I'm hoping to take the big step of selling my house and buying
my boat to live aboard locally (I'll still have about 10 years before retirement
.) You are significantly closer to your dream than I am. What steps have you taken so far?
Eeyore, you are WAY ahead of yourself wondering what boat to buy.
I'm telling you -- FIND A SAILING CLUB. Then start pitching in. We have a big event tomorrow, and for the last two weeks, people have been swarming the club. We painted the front porch, so someone had to come over with a caulking gun and fill in little holes all over the place to help prepare it for painting. There was so much that could be done.
In the process you get to know people, and you start asking questions, and the next thing you know, folks are saying, "Well, we're going out Thursday after work. Why don't you come along?"
SAIL ON AS MANY BOATS AS YOU CAN. Don't choose a boat before you've learned to sail.
This place is GREAT -- fantastic -- but you're not ready to be talking about the boat you want. You need to get your carcass on as many boats, of as many types and sizes, as you can.
My strong opinion is to learn to sail on a smaller boat -- not something like a Sunfish, they're too unforgiving, but a 16' - 18' up to maybe 21' boat. Something that responds immediately and does whatever you tell it to do, no matter how wrong-headed it is.
I think you would get a lot more out of a couple of 2-day classes
than a week long session, ESPECIALLY if there are other students on board. The more students there are, the more talk and less actuall sailing you will get.
Take the 5 day class -- but get a few basics down first. It takes a while to absorb the language and vocabulary and to get the basics down -- tacking is actually fairly complicated, something you forget when you've done it for years, but are very aware of at the beginning.
That's my opinion. Stick around, and listen, but it won't do you much good unless you get out on the water
, and I would suggest learning
some basics *before* that five-day trip.