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Learning to Sail
We love to sail. It was a longtime dream of Erling’s to become a sailor. He wrote a post about learning to sail. Here are a few additional resources that you may find helpful.
The best way possible to learn to sail is to actually go sailing If possible, learn to sail on a small boat. It will likely respond faster which will help you learn faster. The skills you learn on a small boat transfer well to large boat sailing.
If possible, take a course. Community sailing centers are great. There are also a large number of sailing instructors and schools. Judy got keelboat certified a US Sailing instructor. Erling did his bareboat certification through an ASA school. Both programs provided great hands-on training.
One great resource for small boat sailors is The Trailer Sailor. Trailer Sailor is an online forum dedicated to small boat sailors. You’ll find a general forum plus forums specific to a large number of boat brands like Com-Pac and Precision.
A great introduction to sailing written by Gary Jobson. Gary is a skilled sailor and sailing instructor who was the head sailing coach at the U.S. Naval Academy. He was on the 1977 America’s Cup winning team.
Sailing Fundamentals has been the official learn-to-sail manual for the American Sailing Association and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Get Your Gear Here
Amazon Prime can be a really helpful service for the Trail u0026amp; Sail Life. Many of the things you’ll need for your boat are available on Amazon. The two day free shipping is a great benefit to help ensure you get your gear quickly.
Support On The Road & Water
At some point, you’ll likely need assistance. You might get a flat tire on your boat trailer. Or you might find yourself on the water needing a tow back to the dock. BoatU.S. can be a good option to get you the help you need. BoatU.S. also offers boat insurance and loans.