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Learn How to Sail a Small Sailboat - A Full Course

It's easy to learn how to sail a small sailboat. Here's a full, illustrated course that begins with the parts of a sailboat and teaches how to rig and sail the boat with basic sailing techniques. Use these how-to-sail instructions and photos to get out sailing a small boat on your own.

Learn How to Sail a Small Sailboat 1. The Parts of the Boat
The first step in learning how to sail a small sailboat is to learn about the different parts of the boat and its rigging.

Learn How to Sail a Small Sailboat – 2. How to Rig the Boat
Before going sailing on a small boat, you usually need to rig the boat with the sails, sheets, rudder, and other gear. Follow these steps to learn how to rig the boat and then get moving!

Learn How to Sail a Small Sailboat – 3. Basic Sailing Techniques
Here are the basic techniques for sailing a small daysailer. This is Part 3 in the full course for learning to sail a small boat. See Parts 1 and 2 first to learn the parts of a sailboat and how to rig it in preparation for sailing.

Learn How to Sail a Small Sailboat – 4. Tacking and Gybing
Here are the techniques for tacking and gybing (jibing) a small daysailer. This is Part 4 in a full course for learning to sail a small boat. See Parts 1 and 2 first to learn the parts of a sailboat and how to rig it in preparation for sailing. See Part 3 for basic sailing techniques.

Learn How to Sail a Small Sailboat - 5. Recovering from a Capsize
Here's how to recover from a capsize of a small sailboat and get back in the boat. This is Part 5 in a full course for learning to sail a small boat. See Parts 1 and 2 first to learn the parts of a sailboat and how to rig it for sailing. See Part 3 for basic sailing techniques and Part 4 for how to tack and gybe.

Learn How to Sail a Small Sailboat - 6. Learn More Skills
Parts 1 to 5 in this learn-to-sail course have covered all the basics for how to sail a small daysailer. Here in Part 6 you'll continue to expand your sailing skills and learn how to use additional equipment found on many sailboats.

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