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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-17-2008, 01:20 AM Thread Starter
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Calling all boaters!

I'm thinking about picking up a sailboat.

Can anyone point me in the right direction to start me researching (books 'n such...)?

Also, I'm not rich or anything, nor do I own a home. Am I crazy for even thinking of picking a boat up?!

I'm sure there's a lot of money to put into it, but, like bikes, is there even such a thing of a "starter" boat?

thanks in advance =)
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Just remember theres 2 happy days when owning a boat. The day you buy teh boat and the day you sell the boat.
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Just remember theres 2 happy days when owning a boat. The day you buy teh boat and the day you sell the boat.
enlighten me!

it's probably just a phase.

I have way too many hobbies...


But at the moment, I'm interested!
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Its a phrase that has a good bit of truth to it. May not really apply to sailboats, but usually with motorboats (and pwc) its the amount and costs to maintain the boat, transporting the boat, dock fees, winterizing, etc. After a couple seasons people tend to get sick of doing it.
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Boat (n).
1. Hole in the water into which you throw ALL of your money.

so long as you're good with that, go for it! you may not have the mechanical costs associated with a powerboat but you have sails to maintain and/or replace, and then there's the storage, launching, maintaining, etc..
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Good starter boat = Sunfish

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Have you ever sailed? What kind/size of a boat are you interested in>

If not, first I would sign up for a class, Northwester University Sailing Club has them going on all the time. It is not expensive and you learn all the basics. Second, before buying a boat, there is a great way to get your sea legs, Winnetka Yacht Club has races every Sunday and alot of guys need crew, it is a great way to get acquainted with the sport.

I own a pwc, but I worked for the WYC as race committee and got to race with them a couple times when they were short people. Good group of guys. BTW, they race Vanguard 15s, these are two person boats that are alot of fun.

Once you know that you like the sport, getting a used Vanguard 15 or Laser is quite inexpensive and storage of these is also inexpensive at Evanston, Wilmette or Winnetka.

A little late in the season to get started, but the lake access usually is open until the end of October so there is still time.

Boating is my first hobby, so if you have any specific questions feel free to ask.

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PM me and we can chat if ya like and I can get ya prepped for what others have said - I grew up sailing and have many an hour on the big lake to the east

+ a gazzilion to what other have said - Take what you want to spend on the boat and triple that for over all costs, just to get started - More little $350.00 costs pop up out of no where then one can possibly imagine

Now, should you go stinkpot instead of ragtail (power and sail) take that triple and watch it go to 5x and 6x right quick

Not a sport if you have to watch every nickle - More of a "if you have to worry about it, you're in the wrong hobby" kind of thing

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