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Old 06-01-2008, 08:57   #1
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Hi all you lucky folks,
I have dreamed all my life of the day I get to move on to my 41 ft Morgan. Forget that I havn't sailed a day in my life, it's my dream and I'm gonna do it. I have about 8 years until my finances will allow me to make the jump, but I want to start preparing now so a couple of easy questions. How would you rate the virgen Isles sailing school? The week long 1650.00$ course seems like a good place to start to me. I currently live near Houston, Tx, so what kind of economical boat would be ideal for some week-ends on the water. Any comments or advice is appreciated.
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Old 06-01-2008, 09:52   #2
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Aloha Illinitogo,
Welcome aboard!! I can't help you with your specific question about a sailing school. I do think classes are a good idea thought.
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Old 06-01-2008, 10:08   #3
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Classes are a great way to learn to sail and to meet people with like interests. I don't know the T\Houston Sailing scene but in SF where Ilearned to sail there are plenty of sailing clubs where you can take lessons then start chartering their boats. That way you meet people and then learn about boats. It is more economical than ownership though it does take away some of the pleasure/pain from owning a boat.
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Old 06-01-2008, 10:19   #4
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It’s not clear to me whether or not you already own a Morgan 41. The O/I 41s are strong, heavy, slow boats that don’t point very well to windward. They make excellent liveaboard cruising boats, but are not particularly good to learn on.

I don’t know anything about the sailing school you mention. But if it gives you a week of hands-on sailing in small responsive boats, you will have the basic skills you need to sail a larger boat. The rest is practice and applying those skills in different situations - you can spend a lifetime doing that - plus navigation, anchoring, docking, troubleshooting, etc.
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Old 06-01-2008, 18:29   #5
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I don't own a boat at this time I would like to buy a small day sailer to learn on for the next few years
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Old 08-01-2008, 12:14   #6
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Welcome to the site.

I also know nix about the sailing school you mention but guess they can provide references from other people who've been before and maybe worth speaking with them direct.

Applaud the plan to get a small day sailor and hit the water. Its the start up bit thats the most fun with sailing - as a rule you learn the most in the shortest time period.

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