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Old 23-05-2008, 19:22   #1
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New member... couple from San Diego here ;-)

Hey everyone! Well we found the forum.
Honestly we have never set sail in our lives... we are a young couple with the dream of someday packing everything up , getting a boat and sailing away.

With no idea how to sail or where to start... we found the forum to seek help and advice from the more seasoned or salty in this case hahaha

I hope someone in here can hand down some good advice and lessons learned.
Seems money is always a problem for most.... i was wondering how much it cost to sail around after you buy a boat... i.e. should it be something one does after they have made enough money to live on and what not.

anyway, thanks for reading. Hope to hear from you all soon.

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Old 23-05-2008, 20:48   #2
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Hi there! And welcome aboard.

A lot of folks dream of starting at the top with a 50 foot around the world boat. My advice is to start small. There are several sailing clubs in San Diego, my brother was a member of one for a while.

Poke around find one you like and take a keelboat sailing course. Then get some time on the water day sailing. You will know soon whether you like it or not.

It can also be a great idea to start in dinghys but I don't think it is absolutely necessary. if yuo are tight on budget, dinghy's are a great way to start. Sometimes, your local (city gov't) sponsors stuff like this. We found out the city of Long Beach operates some community dighy sailing.

Get out there and get busy ;-)
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Old 24-05-2008, 04:11   #3
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You can get lessons and rent small sail boats on Mission Bay.

There are sailing schools in San Diego Bay.

There are boat rentals where you can take a sail boat for the day.

San Diego is a good place to learn to sail.

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Seems money is always a problem for most.... i was wondering how much it cost to sail around after you buy a boat... i.e. should it be something one does after they have made enough money to live on and what not.
Welcome aboard!

Somethings are the same afloat as ashore - and really only you can decide which appproach works for you. Sometimes having a small pot can make decisions easier. sometimes not.

But I would not worry too much about the sailing away money quite yet - find out if you like sailing and spending time afloat first! - no point spending yer pot on an activity that yer don't like
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I appreciate all the good info! I plan on first yeah hahaha .... Learning how to sail and getting a feel for it. I have been on the ocean on boats and ships for sometime now but never "sailed" aside from a dinner sail that we have here in San diego... and even then... i had dinner and wasn't controlling the boat hahaha

I enjoy hearing about or reading others travels and experiences. Im gonna take some lessons here soon.
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Old 24-05-2008, 12:39   #6
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Aloha K & A,
After a few years at sea on ships in the Navy I took a sailing class and fell in love with sailboats and sailing them. That was in the early 70s and I haven't stopped sailing since. I remember sailing in San Diego as a very great time with predictable winds and lots of places to visit in the bay. Mission Bay also has some places to sail.
I hope you can follow your dreams but first find a good and inexpensive class or two.
I recommend the book "Start Sailing Right" as a good place to start.
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P. S. My daughter lives in Normal Heights and teaches in the San Diego area. She grew up in Chula Vista where I used to have a home.
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Looks like a few San Diegans are on Sailnet!...Oceanside here.
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