Cruisers Forum

Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 06-03-2006, 11:27   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 1
?s about sarting off in sailing

I am totally new to sailing. I would like to get into it. Eventually I want to sail from the U.S. to Brazil. I need some advice on what kind of sailing school to go to. Would an American Sailing Association School be a good choice? Would completing the ASA test be worth anything for international sailing? Oh and does anyone know where I could find Coast Guard laws on making a sailboat to meet code? Sorry about all my ?s Also would two men be able to handle a 27 foot sailboat? Thanks so much for your help.
hershbing is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2006, 14:04   #2
Moderator Emeritus
Pblais's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Hayes, VA
Boat: Gozzard 36
Posts: 8,700
Images: 15
Send a message via Skype™ to Pblais
any sailing school would be OK. You need a school you can get to near you. The ASA courses are very good. Completing the course only teaches you to sail. Completion through the first three course might be enough to let you charter a boat. You don't need a cerificate to sail a boat but if you don't know how you need to learn. Just completion of the courses won't be possible without a lot of practice.

International sailing is the same sailing no matter where it is.

US Coast Gaurd rules apply to all vessles not just sail boats. It lists the required equipemnt that must be aboard to comply with federal laws. It does not matter how it's built just that it has the required safety equipment.

Two men could handle a sail boat if they knew how to sail. One woman could handle a sail boat if she knew how to sail. It's the knowing how to sail part that is more important than the number of people. sAILING TO Brazil might best be done on a bigger boat. While I know someone that did they assure me they wouldn't do it again.
Paul Blais
s/v Bright Eyes Gozzard 36
37 15.7 N 76 28.9 W
Pblais is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2006, 14:39   #3
Bob Norson

Posts: n/a
sailing is not rocket science... One good way to go is find a cheap small boat or sailing dinghy, sabot, laser, even a wind surfer(a large floating one, not one of the small wave boards) and find a sheltered bay to go sort it out. The largest sailing ship just compounds the basics that you will learn in the small boat. As far as boat size and short handed sailing... I regularly single hand my 40 foot 16 ton ketch for coastal cruising (day sailing) but would prefer a crew or two for night watches off shore.

just do it!

  Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2006, 01:52   #4
Senior Cruiser
GordMay's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario - 48-29N x 89-20W
Boat: (Cruiser Living On Dirt)
Posts: 47,200
Images: 241
As Bob says, smaller boats make great learners. Smaller sailboats (especially unballasted dinghys) are much less “forgiving” than larger boats, and your mistakes are much more apparent. Since we learn, partly by making mistakes, the curve is much steeper.
Gord May
"If you didn't have the time or money to do it right in the first place, when will you get the time/$ to fix it?"

GordMay is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Getting in Shape for Sailing Season Sonosailor General Sailing Forum 0 23-06-2004 05:11
Fall Sailing Stede General Sailing Forum 4 21-10-2003 18:49
Social aspects of club sailing 29cascadefixer General Sailing Forum 9 07-10-2003 13:52
suggestion: sailing schools cbare Forum Tech Support & Site Help 0 04-06-2003 09:41
Portal sailing website project CaptainTom Meets & Greets 2 20-03-2003 06:50

Advertise Here

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 15:46.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2023, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2023, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.