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Old 01-15-2008, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Maine
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So, I'm assuming there are people who offer training to sail. Do you have to get some certificate to do that? I'm planning on fulfilling another lifelong dream when we get settled and buy a sailboat. I'm sure we'll start with a small one - probably older, used and cheap!

Any suggestions or experience you can offer?
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Old 01-15-2008, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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Get one with a rugged hull and some stability. It should be able to withstand a minor grounding. We have huge tides, especially down east around Eastport. The largest whirpool in the world is "The Old Sow" near Perry. "Kinda scary at times" is how the locals describe it.
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Old 01-15-2008, 11:13 AM
 
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You don't need to get a certification, but it's a good idea. ASA is the most widely recognized sailing certification and the classes provide a solid foundation in sailing fundamentals. These certifications also help if you want to rent a sail boat (for say that dream vacation you take in the caribbean).

Check out this site for locations of ASA sailing schools.
Find a Sailing School - American Sailing Association
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Old 01-15-2008, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Palmyra, Maine
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Default Sail Maine

There are a lot of schools on the coast and places that rent boats. I haven't done the salt in a long time($$$$$)and we own a camp on a lake and have had several daysailers trailerable mostly 16' and 20'. I took a summer class in Small Point about 40 years ago and I do believe that a certificate from the USCG or the auxillary is available.
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Old 01-15-2008, 11:41 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport Maine
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I'll loan you my canoe!!!!
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Old 01-15-2008, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Maine
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The only real issue I can see having to deal with is my motion sickness!Guess I'll have to buy stock in Bonine!
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Old 01-15-2008, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Gary, WV & Springfield, ME
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I've found it's much safer to sit on the shore and wave to those who do the sailing thing. I have trouble remaining upright when on solid, motionless ground. I dare not attempt a balancing act on water.
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Old 01-15-2008, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Palmyra, Maine
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this will get you around.

Last edited by ribbets; 02-05-2008 at 11:13 AM..
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Old 01-15-2008, 12:16 PM
 
Location: 43.55N 69.58W
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So, I'm assuming there are people who offer training to sail. Do you have to get some certificate to do that? I'm planning on fulfilling another lifelong dream when we get settled and buy a sailboat. I'm sure we'll start with a small one - probably older, used and cheap!

Any suggestions or experience you can offer?

I've seen several yacht clubs around the southern coast of Maine that offer day sailing classes. They usually start you out with an instructor out in the harbor with a little 2 man sun-fish type of rig. I have no idea what the cost is for something like that.
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Old 01-15-2008, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Maine's garden spot
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There is always a sailor around that wouldn't mind teaching someone how to sail. Depending on where you want to go, Woodenboat school has classes in the summer. I think that they use Hereshoff 12 1/2's. Not entirely sure on that, so don't quote me. Thier classes aren't cheap however.
It is an affilliate of Woodenboat magazine in Brooklin.
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