Sunday, April 20, 2014

Three Sheets to the Wind

Find your sea legs with our sailing starter's guide

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You're ready.

You've got the hair, the boat shoes, the pastel polo. And a lot of love for Hall & Oates.

You don't need a legacy admission to the yacht club to enjoy Boston's favorite summer water sport, just this handy sailing starter's guide. 

LEARN
Before you can retire on that luxury yacht you've been dreaming of, you'll need to start by learning the basics. Community Boating has been helping amateur sailors find their sea legs since the 1930s, and this Saturday they'll host an open house with a free hourly orientation tour and discounted year-long membership rate ($249), which includes access to all boats plus basic and intermediate instruction.
Sat 10a-3p. 21 David Mugar Way, Beacon Hill (617-523-1038)

CRUISE
When drinking, always use a designated driver. Or in this case, a captain. Classic Harbor Line offers you the chance to pile up to 41 of your closest friends onto their 80-foot schooner (stocked with a beer & wine cash bar) for a morning, midday, sunset, or night sail around the Boston Harbor. With someone else steering the ship, your only job is to look like you know what you're doing. 
60 Rowes Wharf, Seaport (617-951-2460)

LOOK THE PART
Let's face it: half the fun of sailing is rocking the right gear. Every good navigator needs a watch, so direct yourself to The Watch Hospital, an authorized retailer of the sleek and resilient Citizens Royal Marines Commando ($457). 
40 Bromfeld St., Downtown (617-542-8332)

Upgrade those boat shoes for deck and pier at The Tannery, which sports the latest models from Sperry and Sebago.
400 Boylston St., Back Bay (617-267-0899)

Pick up the rest of your sailing hardware and accessories at West Marine in Dedham, featuring everything from electronic navigation systems to the simple but essential Myerchin P300 knife.
120 Allied Dr., Dedham (781-329-2430)

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