Sailing on a Budget: Moneywise Tips and Deals on Boat Purchases, Rental, Dockage, Destinations, and More

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With a fresh breeze and surprisingly little money, you can cast off in search of new horizons. Anne M. Johnson - who lives abroad a 40-foot Morgan Pilothouse - shows you how you can make sailing a dream come affordably true. Learn the ropes and get low-cost - or even no-cost - sailing instruction; take advantage of special programs that help meet your needs; join a crew and sail for experience - or money; charter a boat and sail without the duties of ownership; rent a sailboat and get your feet wet on a day trip; throw in with a partner and split the cost of buying a boat; launch your adventures with an inexpensive beginner's boat; find a bargain on a used, repossessed, or even new boat; break out the tools and build your own sailboat; save moneyseveral inventive ways - on gear; save money on dockage and other services; and eat, drink and be merry without going overboard on costs.

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Does sailing mean spending big money? It does if by sailing you mean a 70-foot yacht complete with crew. But as journalist and avid sailor Johnson has learned, sailing can be affordable for those of us not in the country-club set. Johnson examines the do's and don'ts of buying, renting, and chartering sailboats, purchasing the right gear, and provisioning and docking the boat. All information is aimed at doing things as inexpensively as possible. Johnson provides tips and advice on getting started in sailing and includes a list of associations and clubs for the novice; programs specifically designed for women, children, and the disabled; and online resources. Detailed and pragmatic, this primer is indispensable for those without deep pockets who want to be on the open sea. Brian McCombie

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