How To Choose The Best Sailing School And Used Boat For Sale

Today we have a guest Blogger! Jonathan Landon is an experienced sailor won many international sailing competitions works with Marinesource a company that organizes boat shows and connects boat buyers and sellers.

So you want to learn to sail, and now you need to know how to choose the best sailing school so you can begin your new adventure on the high seas! Of course, we can’t forget that once you learn how to sail, you’ll probably want to get your own boat, so

Let’s first tackle the question about how to go about find the right sailing school, especially since this seems to be plentiful. Probably the most important thing to consider is the certification of the school, to make sure that it follows the rigid certification requirements in order for you to become certified. Also, you want to look at schools offer classes that will fit your budget and needs.

For example, if you want to sail for the sheer pleasure of it, then you want to consider a sailing school that offers basic sailing classes that fit your needs and budget. Don’t be swayed by a school that promises you more than you can afford, especially if you only want to learn basic sailing skills.

In addition, when you’re seeking the best sailing school to attend, consider one that offers the opportunity to learn and be qualified to receive an international proficiency sailing certificate that is useful when chartering in European and the Mediterranean waters.  Ask about this certification when you interview the schools that you might be considering attending, and getting all the information you need, even if you want to only pursue pleasure sailing.

Once you’ve learned the basics of sailing, the next step in your sailing adventure will probably to buy your own sailboat. For that, if you’re on a budget, you want to consider used boats for sale. So the question may be, where do you find a suitable used boat for sale?

For that, you might look at a number of different places to find the perfect sailboat. These days, a lot of people who are interested in sailing, and want to find a good used boat, will often go to boat shows to find an assortment of boats at every price point. You’re bound to find one that fits your budget and your needs.

A boat show is an excellent venue for sailboat manufacturers to showcase their best boats, usually those with all the bells and whistles, to entice prospective buyers. A boat show can often be a great resource to get a boat at a discount, as manufacturers will offer discounts or other special incentives. As a prospective buyer, you’re in a better position to negotiate with the boat manufacturer because in the end, all they want to do is sell you a boat. Use your bargaining power to get the best deal. Once you’ve purchased your dream sailboat, the next step is to set sail for a fun adventure on the high seas!

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  • Alex

    Great advice for first-time sailors. I think it’s a good idea to research what courses are available and decide on a particular course, rather than walking blind into a course which might not contain the things you want to learn.

  • Paul

    Some great tips for people looking for a sailing school. We think it’s always a good idea for beginners to commence with a RYA Start Yachting Course before moving onto day skipper theory and practical. Get a feel for yachting first before you venture onto intermediate courses.

    • getwet

      Thanks for the tip!