Originally Posted by mlucasparris
Everything everyone is saying is making me feel good that my first boat is a 16' O'Day DaySailer. Looking forward to spring when I can put all my winter reading to test.
Good choice for a first boat. I'm sure you will have many years of good memories.
As far as learning
to sail on a windsurfer, all I can say is that it wouldn't have worked well for me. I needed one more credit for my final quarter of college so I decided on windsurfing in order to have a fun credit. (I needed some fun after almost 5 years of engineering school
.) I spent the first few sessions just trying to stay on my feet and out of the water
. Even though I already knew how to sail it wasn't until the next to last session that I could actually say that I was sailing.
I learned to sail on Lasers while in high-school. The dinghy
is quick and responsive and when you mess-up you will usually only damage your pride. I agree that having the steering
separate from the sail trim is a big plus while first learning
. The best part about learning to sail on a dinghy
is that we were actually sailing the very fist day even though we did manage to capsize
a few times. As stated before, windsurfing is a lot of fun and adds a lot of insight to the world of sailing but, at least for me, it would not be a good place to start.