I learned to sail on a small boat and moved up in the rankings so to speak as my sailing experience and knowledge grew. I started off on a boat that looked like a bath tub with a sail then moved on to sunfish as a beginner. I just did what my sailing camp told me to do, but do you think its better for a beginner learning to sail to start off on a small boat and learn by doing or on a larger boat to watch and learn?
Definately start on small and learn by doing (IMHO)
What sort of boat would you suggest?
I suggest a laser because they have fleets all over the world, and are relatively inexpensive. Also, Lasers race and sail at all levels, from your friday night beer can racing to the olympics. I think that the boat you are refering to when you mentioned a bathtub is the Optimast. That is the boat that I learned to race on.
Yes! I think that is the right name of the boat. Thank you. Sounds like you have a lot of experience? Do you race?
I race as much as I can.
What helped me alot before I took lessons, was having a bit of knowledge beforehand. I think I got more put of the class knowing the nomenclature, etc than I would if I had gone in cold turkey. We started on smaller boats and eventually migrated to larger. Main differences were the running rigging and keels...I actually prefer the smaller boats...I like being able to lower and raise the center board according to the point of sail I am on. Instead of using books, I used learntosailonline.com...I also purchased learn sailing software..(learntosail.net) I still use these for review and find them quite handy. Hope this helps other new sailors and Happy sailing!
Yeah, having some expierence beforehand definatly helps. I grew up living on a sailboat, that expierence helped me on the little boats.
So you went in reverse, so to speak. Anyway, there is a free sailing teleseminar this Thursday (actually I think they are having them every Thursday) with sign up form at
http://learntosailonline.com/seminarsignup.htm in case you are interested..
Interesting. Thanks for the heads up.