Go Back   Cruiser Log World Cruising & Sailing Forums > Cruising Forums > General Cruising Forum
Cruiser Wiki

Join Cruiser Log Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 11-15-2005, 03:51 AM   #1
Ensign
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 2
Default Getting into sailing

Hey guys,

I am interested in getting into sailing and had a couple questions for you more experienced sailers. 1st off I am completely new to sailing, having never been on a sailboat before.

Am I better off learning on a very small boat or would I be able to safely learn (with help) on a boat about 27-33 ft?

How long should it take me to learn the basics of sailing enough to do some extensive coastal cruising by myself, and what is the best way to learn how to sail?

I have been looking online at boat prices, and it seems that for about 10-15,000 US I can get a 20ish year old sailboat in the aformentioned length, is that a good deal, too good of a deal, and what kinda (especially how expensive) of maintenance should I expect to do to a used boat before it would be capable of doing some long range coastal cruising?

Also, keep in mind that I am 100% new to this, so if I am forgetting anything, or you know some information that may help me on my journey learning more about sailing, please feel free to add your comments.

thanks a bunch
__________________

__________________
funklab is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2005, 05:41 PM   #2
Rear Admiral
 
Swagman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 349
Default

Hi funklab,

Welcome.

IMHO you should start reading all you can on sailing trim, go visit a local yacht club and let them know you are seeking a racing crew spot for a year, and dial youself into appropriate local courses for the kind of sailing you seek to enjoy.

In one year with application you'll be confident enough to plan your next steps - perhaps buying own boat etc? It is certainly possible to go from newcomer to competent sailor well inside that period of time - it simply takes time both on and off the water.

IMO racing as crew is a great way to be dropped in the deep end - I'm sure you'll find a need in any club on a medium sized race boat - and the schedule will ensure you see the good and bad of the weather etc.

So welcome to sailing - and good luck.

Cheers

JOHN
__________________

__________________
Boring blog at http://www.yotblog.com/swagman
Swagman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2005, 06:09 PM   #3
Lieutenant
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 71
Default

funklab,

Yes a big welcome to the BB.. you can get tons of friendly advice here

I agree with Swagman ,contact your local club, there are always skippers looking for crew, that way you also get the chance to sail without the expense of buying YET..... just think , what if you dont like sailing , perhaps all the little things that go wrong will test you out. So hit the Yacht Club, sail a season , then decide what you want to do.

Lets know how you go.

rumrunner
__________________
<font size="1">"Rumrunner"

Melbourne, Australia.

Web: http://www.sailblogs.com/member/rumrunner/?xjMsgID=5680</font id="size1">
rumrunner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2005, 11:20 PM   #4
Ensign
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 2
Default

I have another question. I live about 250 miles from the coast, and I imagine that sailling on the little lakes around me is not going to be the same by any stretch of the imaginantion, so I would probably have to drive to the coast to find a yacht club.

Do you think it is likely that I could find a club that only sails on sundays, because I need to work just about every saturday right now, and that will probably not change in the near future.
__________________
funklab is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2005, 04:30 AM   #5
Admiral
 
Auzzee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Home Port: Darwin
Vessel Name: Sandettie
Posts: 1,726
Default

Hi, The physics of sailing remain the same on lakes and oceans, and are relatively simple laws to learn and apply. I would suggest you learn on the local lakes and look toward transposing yourself into tidal waters when you next take a holiday. Sailing in itself is a very simple art and learning that art takes little time. The transformation from 'sailor' to 'mariner' however, requires that you emerge safely from a succession of potentially dangerous situations which are best experienced after you learn to capture the wind. Best wishes. David
__________________
"if at first you don't succeed....Redefine success"!


Auzzee is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

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
Sailing. Sailing. Videos Revisited JeanneP The Poop Deck 0 01-11-2010 08:57 PM

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

RV & Travel Trailer Communities

Our RV & Travel Trailer sites encompasses virtually all types of Recreational Vehicles, from brand-specific to general RV communities.

» More about our RV Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


All times are GMT. The time now is 10:20 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.0