Interested in sailing. No knowledge of boating, but reading. Inland lakes, rivers. Maybe lake Erie. Advice?
The idea of sailing fascinates me and I’ve picked up books from the library just to learn whatever I can.
Today I purchased the only boating book that my local bookstore had, Steve Sleight’s “The New Complete Sailing Manual”.
I’ve never been around the water much and never spent any time on boats. I even have a tendancy to get motion sickness which I understand can be overcome by wearing a patch.
Other than reading and maybe joining a club to learn more and take lessons, I don’t know what else to do.
I may or may not buy or build a kit boat for lakes in the future but I’m just playing with ideas for now as far as a boat goes.
The waters that I’m aware of around here for playing are Buckeye Lake, Hoover Reservoir, and Alum Creek State Park in Ohio.
I’m open to any advice that one would care to share with me as far as boats to own for a family of three and maybe a few friends.
Any advice for getting started sailing would be great too.
Thanks in advance to all.
The answers I have recieved so far, as of three days after posting my question, are most excellent and I thank each and every one of you so much for your response.
I have decided to extend the answer period because of such a variety of responses and I’m like a kid in a candy store in that I don’t want to miss anything that anyone would care to add.
I’ve saved every link sent to me so that I can easily go back and check them out at my leisure. Thanks for all of them.
As for a best answer, there is absolutely no way that I could even begin to choose so, I will open that up to you folks to choose amongst yourselves for you who have the knowledge that I seek surely are a much better judge of what is the more deserving answer.
Additional answers are gladly accepted and encouraged.
In the event you wish to share more info with me through email, please place the word, “SAILING” in the subject line so that I wont delete it thinking that it may be spam.
Take some classes from local park district or private schools. I took one sailing class for about $300. It was for 5 days and 3 hrs per day. It was darn worth it because the class taught me search and rescue skills besides the basic sailing skills.
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you can build your own sail rig, or go to a site like sailboats to go, and purchase parts, or complete rig from them. they sell lee boards, outriggers, mast, boom, sails and rudders.
if you want to build your own rig, then you will need to build mast support, cross brace, lee boards, and rudder system, mast and booms and sail(s).
a simple sailing design for canoes and small boats
hope this helps
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