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Sailing for landlubbers on the Hudson?

I want to introduce some adolescents to the joy and graciousness of sailing, and well-built beautiful wood boats. They have never been on a boat. No ocean sailing for their 1st time? Not too long, kids get bored? The choices range from marine education to singing Pete Seeger songs to hipster evening wine cruises. Anyone have experience or ideas?
posted by ebesan on Aug 4, 2015 - 7 answers

Bum boats, gun boats, slow boats, row boats, I like boats.

And yachts, dinghys, paddleboats, battleships, canoes, schooners, tugboats, and catamarans. I love reading about boats and life aboard them. Fiction or non-fiction, freshwater or salt, genre and era unimportant. Please recommend books about boats! [more inside]
posted by lollymccatburglar on Jul 30, 2015 - 51 answers

Why do you sail?

I have started to go sailing with a friend. A small 16 foot hobie cat. I would love to like it, but I'm not really sure I get it. My friend wants to eventually sail around the world (on a different boat!). I'm not so sure and struggling to get past the learning stage. So why do you sail? Any tips for getting the most of it? I particularly enjoyed Pirsig's essay Cruising Blues and Their Cure which covers some of my ambivalence.
posted by molloy on Jun 5, 2013 - 16 answers

Sailing away from DC!

Do you know of any good places within a 2-hour commute of DC where it's possible to rent a sailboat and stay somewhere cheap for a weekend? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia on Jul 2, 2012 - 2 answers

Cheap sailing in Chicago

What is the easiest and cheapest way to go sailing in Chicago without buying a boat? [more inside]
posted by enn on Mar 14, 2012 - 9 answers

How can I get out on the water in Portland, Oregon?

How can I get out on the water in Portland, Oregon? When I visited Boston a friend took me out sailing on the Charles river. They had some sort of community program where you could take lessons and then take out boats you were certified for. It was a lot of fun, so I'm wondering if there's anything similar, not too expensive, in Portland. Rowing might be interesting too, or just some way to boat around without actually owning a boat. I have lots of experience listening to Sloop John B, if that helps?
posted by Post-it Goat on Jul 7, 2008 - 7 answers

Do I get half the fo'c'sle and most of the poop deck?

Is fractional boat ownership all it's cracked up to be? If you have first- or second-hand experience with it, would you recommend it? [more inside]
posted by HE Amb. T. S. L. DuVal on Jan 17, 2008 - 6 answers

What does it mean to own a sailboat?

My wife bought me a sailboat! Now what? [more inside]
posted by jacobian on Jun 12, 2007 - 15 answers

What should you do to be a drunken sailor?

Through providence, luck, or my ability to be completely spontaneous, I've just landed a job crewing on a catamaran headed from Miami to Panama, then up to Seattle. The catch is that I have absolutely no experience doing anything like this. [more inside]
posted by soviet sleepover on May 15, 2007 - 16 answers

Boat Polo?

Last week as I was driving over the Charles River in Boston, MA I saw a group of small sailboats with numbers on the sails. They were all moving and changing direction very fast, and it seemed that there was an orange ball floating amongst them. Is this some sort of polo-like game? Anybody have any info on what the heck they were doing?
posted by splatta on Jun 20, 2005 - 7 answers

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