If you have never been sailing before, you are certainly missing out on an amazingly exciting water sport. Sailing is not just for the young, but also for persons from all different backgrounds. There is nothing like being on the water in the peace and tranquillity, or to be in commune with marine life.
You do not have to live near the Atlantic or Pacific Ocean to garnish an interest in sailing. Clubs for sailing enthusiast can be found on rivers, coastal regions, and even spectacular in-land lakes. Thousands of persons worldwide participate in this exhilarating and popular sport. Further, you do not need your own vessel to appreciate sailing. Crewmembers are always sought after by boat owners, translating into a perfect opportunity for anyone who is ‘seaworthy’ to hop on board.
Simple is always good and learning too sail in a dinghy is just that…simple. A Dinghy is a dually or singularly sailed vessel, which can range in length from two metres to six metres. Being such a small vessel, it is easily transportable on a simple trailer.
A dinghy does not possess a keel underneath the vessel to neutralize the force of the wind, so the crew usually use their weight by shifting positions to prevent the vessel from capsizing. The reaction time of a dinghy is quick so it is easy to feel and see how the movements of your body affect the reaction of the vessel on the water. As a rule of thumb, beginners usually start on a fairly stable dinghy and then progress onto more powerful vessels.
A keelboat, as the name suggests, has a weighted keel to prevent it from capsizing. As you may already have guessed, this weighted keel is positioned under the hull. They are substantively larger than the dinghy and are usually moored in a Marina, or another location suitable for mooring vessels.
The keelboat is sailed by a captain or skipper and is manned by a crew. They are pleasantly more stable than a dinghy, and drier as well!
A motor cruiser is a powerboat furnished with all the amenities for indoor living whilst on the water. Beds, toilets and even a kitchen are some of the features available on these vessels.
Many, if not all of these motor cruisers are retrofitted for long range cruising, but there are some that are only suitable for shorter trips. Before sailing, be sure to choose the vessel that best suits your needs, or you may be unpleasantly surprised.
Catamarans and Trimarans fit into the multi-hull category of sailing vessels. The range of their amazing sailing capacity is endless, with multiple shapes and sizes to suit the needs of the sailor. From small off the beach pleasure crafts, to much larger cruising and racing vessels. For the most part multi-hulls are very stable in comparison to dinghies, but can still be predisposed to capsizing if allowed to lean too far to the left or right.