Fundamentals

Sailboat Parts Explained: Illustrated Guide (with Diagrams)

When you first get into sailing, there's a lot of sailboat parts to learn. Scouting for a good guide to all the parts, I couldn't find any, so I wrote one

By Shawn Buckles Sailing Guides
Cruising yacht with mainsail, headsail, and gennaker
The Ultimate Guide to Sail Types and Rigs (with Pictures)
Sailboat in front of NYC with Bermuda mainsail and Jib
Guide to Understanding Sail Rig Types (with Pictures)
How to Use a Boat Compass (Complete beginners guide)

Learn

9 Ways to Learn to Sail for (Practically) Free

Don't own a boat, but want to learn to sail? In this article, I'll share some ways that will actually help you to learn to sail and that are either cheap or

By Shawn Buckles Beginner Info
How To Sail Into the Wind (in 7 Simple Steps)
Sailor's point of view heeling into the sunset
What’s the Largest Boat One Person Can Operate?
3 Sailboats with dark sails under dark clouds at sunset
Is It Dangerous to Sail in a Thunderstorm?

Cost

How Much Do Sailing Lessons Cost?

If you're new to sailing and want to learn the old-fashioned way, you need to take sailing lessons. But are they as expensive as people say? And what's a good

By Shawn Buckles Beginner Info
Lean sailboat in blue, protected waters with just the mainsail up
Average Cost of Buying & Owning a Sailboat (With 4 Examples)
Wooden boardwalk in marina with boats tied up on either side
How Much Does it Cost to Dock a Boat for a Year?
Beautiful white gaff-rigged cutter with gaff top sail and two staysails
How Much Do New Sails Cost?

Sunset over sea

How Far Can You Sail In One Day?

By Shawn Buckles in Beginner Info
Two-masted, classical sailboat sailing under power

How Much Fuel Does a Sailboat Use?

By Shawn Buckles in Beginner Info
Wooden boardwalk in marina with boats tied up on either side

How Much Does it Cost to Dock a Boat for a Year?

By Shawn Buckles in Beginner Info
Beautiful white gaff-rigged cutter with gaff top sail and two staysails

How Much Do New Sails Cost?

By Shawn Buckles in Beginner Info
Small sailboat in middle of huge blue sea

What Is Bluewater Sailing?

By Shawn Buckles in Beginner Info
Italian sailboats with blue sails competing in sunny weather

How Are Sail Numbers Assigned? (And how to pick yours)

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Hawaiian ocean with vulcanic mountains

How Long Does it Take to Sail from San Diego to Hawaii?

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Sailboat in coastal waters with desert hill in the background

The Difference Between Freshwater and Saltwater Boats

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Smooth water sailboat panorama with dusk setting in

What is the Average Speed of a Sailboat?

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Sailboat in Tropical shallow water

How Long Does it Take to Sail Around the World?

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