Sailing on a Budget: 6 Ways to Avoid Breaking the Bank

Published on July 21st, 2014

Sailing doesn’t have to be a major-league investment. Here are six ways to get out on the water without spending big bucks.

So you want to get out on the water, hoist the sails and enjoy the breeze in your hair—but you think that sailing is out of your budget? Not so fast. You don’t have to be an America’s Cup rockstar racer (or heaven forbid, a millionaire owner) to go sailing the ocean blue. There are lots of ways to own a sailboat or even to (gasp) sail for free. All you need to know is where to look for affordable opportunities.
And there are more than you think, from right in your backyard to exotic destinations. Here are six ways to sail and maximize the fun, without minimizing your bank account.

Fractional ownership was a concept first popularized in real estate and aviation. The objective was to share ownership of an asset and thereby defray costs without the hassle of finding several likeminded friends who were willing to use and care for a vacation home, plane or boat. Partnering in an asset is great, but the more partners and the more expenses, the more conflict. Many friendships have been lost over unmet expectations.

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