New England Sailing Services


recently purchase an ocean-going sailboat? we can help! Experience Sailing on your own vessel!

Experiencing sailing on your own boat in the ocean waters of Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts, is a rewarding and exciting experience. Here are some steps we will use to help you get started:

1. We specialize in helping sailboat owners that wish to transition to the open ocean. Our training will allow you to gain confidence and become familiar with your boat's handling characteristics in a controlled environment.

2. We will provide hands-on training and instruction, which will help you develop your skills and build confidence on the water. Our sailing training courses cover topics like navigation, boat handling, sail trimming, safety procedures and operation of all equipment.

3. We will show you the basics of docking: You will be shown the ropes about currents, dealing with the wind, prop walk, line handling and advanced techniques and help you grasp the fundamental concepts.

4. We can help you to choose the right boat: We’ll help you select a sailboat that suits your needs and skill level. We perform sea trials on vessels you may purchase.

5. We will help you to familiarize yourself with local boating regulations and requirements in the waters you plan to sail in. Some states require boating licenses or certifications. You may need to complete a boating safety course and pass an exam to obtain the necessary credentials.

6. Join a sailing club or boating community. This will give you opportunities to meet experienced sailors, participate in group outings, and learn from others who share your passion for sailing. They can also provide valuable advice and guidance as you navigate your learning journey.

7. Gradually expand your horizons. Once you feel comfortable sailing with a licensed captain, you can start venturing into the ocean on your own. Begin with short day trips and gradually increase the duration and distance of your sails. Pay attention to weather conditions, tides, and local navigational hazards as you plan your trips.

8. We priorize safety at all times. We ensure you have the necessary safety equipment on board, including life jackets, a marine radio, flares, and a first aid kit. Stay updated on weather forecasts and be prepared to change or cancel your plans if conditions become unfavorable.

9. Continuously learn and improve. Sailing is an ongoing learning process, and the more you practice, the more confident you'll become. Take advantage of opportunities to learn from experienced sailors, attend workshops or seminars, and continually expand your knowledge and skills.

Remember that sailing can be challenging and unpredictable, especially in the ocean waters. It's essential to approach it with respect, patience, and a willingness to learn from your experiences.


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