Recently stumbled upon sailing and was shocked at the low entry cost (that is possible). In my area I am finding several 22' to 25' boats that are in the $2000 to $5000 price
range. Now I assume like anything, you get what you pay for. I also subscribe to the thought that some times you can find a good deal.
All that said, the wife and I are wanting to get into sailing. Initial plans are simply to learn to sail at the local lakes and potentially (have to have a dream, right?!) do some sailing in the Caribbean
. I absolutely understand that is not in the near future and we have a lot to learn and (more importantly) experience.
In the interim we spent this last weekend on our friends 30' boat
getting our first trip on a sailboat and we had a blast.
I am currently looking at a few boats, but really not sure what I should even be looking for. Of course I have scoured the internet
, however we all know that does not qualify me to be an expert enough on boats. I figure if I purchase
a lemon and I am only out a few grand I can live with that. Unfortunately I have found out that the lake we wanted to slip (or moore) at does not have any availability. I don't think the wife would be too keen on trailer'ing every time we want to take the boat
out. So, perhaps this is a good thing as it will force me to wait to purchase
Now to my question, how does one get experience sailing BEFORE they own a boat? How do you find out what you like, dislike, etc if you don't have a boat to gain experience from?
Obviously I am excited and want to dive into this, however I am not sure I'll be able to get a boat this year simply as I wouldn't have a place to slip at. That said I'd still like to get some sailing in.
Open to input and advice