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Old 13-08-2017, 00:27   #1
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Hello all. I'm new to the community and have no sailing experience at all. I'm in my early 50's, retired (from the US of A) and currently living in the Philippines. I wanted to take a sailing class to get me started in my lifelong dream of cruising. My plan is to go back to the States, take classes and look for a live aboard boat. However, I have a few questions:

1. Any recommendations and links for sailing schools in the states?
2. Courses I should take?
3. I have been browsing Yatchworld .com, sailboatlisting.com and boattrader.com for a used boat (I cannot afford a new one). Any other website that I should be browsing for used boat?
4. How many footer is a decent live aboard for a couple? minimum and maximum size?

Thanks. I know my questions are handful but any input is appreciated.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, balutsky.
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Hey there! I also am 50+, retired from US Army, and am finally working my way into sailing. I have very limited experience, as I am heading to my SECOND day of the ASA basic keelboat class at Lanier Sailing Academy in Pensacola. I am LOVING IT! If you were in this are I would recommend it. They teach the more advanced levels too, among other things. There are other schools in this area that I've heard great things about. Doing one of those one week liveaboard courses to learn as much as possible seems like a good way to do it, too, but my budget doesn't allow it yet.
I am sure that you will get great advice here!

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Hey there! I also am 50+, retired from US Army, and am finally working my way into sailing. I have very limited experience, as I am heading to my SECOND day of the ASA basic keelboat class at Lanier Sailing Academy in Pensacola. I am LOVING IT! If you were in this are I would recommend it. They teach the more advanced levels too, among other things. There are other schools in this area that I've heard great things about. Doing one of those one week liveaboard courses to learn as much as possible seems like a good way to do it, too, but my budget doesn't allow it yet.
I am sure that you will get great advice here!

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Thanks Kyle. I have to look it up. My sister lives in P'cola and that school will be perfect. I too retired from the military, US Navy. Appreciate the input.
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Well guys I think taking classes is fine, but to catch the bug and learn at a turbocharged pace, find a really fun fast little boat like a Laser or something similar. Take it out by yourself and make it go and make all the mistakes you want (aside from hitting other boats. Better wear a life jacket.. and be sure you put it to good use!) Once you feel that thing take off with just the right angle of sail and rudder, you will be hooked, and you'll be sailing everyday and you will be an expert in under a week I bet! In 2 weeks you'll be looking for how to get in a race!
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Hello all. I'm new to the community and have no sailing experience at all. I'm in my early 50's, retired (from the US of A) and currently living in the Philippines. I wanted to take a sailing class to get me started in my lifelong dream of cruising. My plan is to go back to the States, take classes and look for a live aboard boat. However, I have a few questions:

1. Any recommendations and links for sailing schools in the states?
2. Courses I should take?
3. I have been browsing Yatchworld .com, sailboatlisting.com and boattrader.com for a used boat (I cannot afford a new one). Any other website that I should be browsing for used boat?
4. How many footer is a decent live aboard for a couple? minimum and maximum size?

Thanks. I know my questions are handful but any input is appreciated.
As far as liveaboard... well that depends on what you and your significant other MUST have IN the boat. If you must have a shower, then you are probably up into the 35' and above range. There are many older (40, 50, 60 year-old) boats that are still excellent but not deemed so desirable by younger folks who don't know of their virtues yet. Thus many of those can be a bargain IMO if they are in good shape.
Don't forget to check our own classifieds here. And walk the docks and send us photos of those that catch your eye. Many here will be able to give experienced advice.
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