How to Sail a Boat : The Parts of a Sailboat: Free Online Sailing Lessons for Beginners
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How to Sail a Boat : The Parts of a Sailboat: Free Online Sailing Lessons for Beginners

September 3, 2019

To start out with, what we want to do is introduce
ourselves to the boat, the boat we’re going to be sailing on today is a Colgate 26, it’s
26 feet long, it weighs about 2600 pounds. 1000 pounds of that is in the keel, the keel
is made out of lead and it sticks out of the bottom of the boat and that’s what keeps
us from tipping over. Many new sailors when they first get on a sail boat are surprised
that when the wind blows, the boat leans over a little bit and these boats will do that,
however that keel that weighs a 1000 pounds will keep it from tipping all the way over.
The Colgate 26 was designed for us, we conceived of it and designed it specifically for introducing
new sailors to the sport of sailing because of that we got some extra safety features
and some performance features on it that are not found on many boats. The first and most
important safety feature of course is the idea that this boat can’t tip over, no matter
how hard the wind blows. We also have positive flotation that means that if something did
go wrong, this boat can’t sink. There’s solid metal rails around the boat which give
new sailors a sense of security and are also handy for holding onto when the boat leans


  • Reply Markv5 November 10, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    "She's unsinkable cap'n, her names the Titanic."
    Famous last words.

  • Reply Pfsif May 27, 2012 at 10:58 am

    I'm not watching a commercial for a 1:22 video. FO

  • Reply MrSpeakeasy29 September 13, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    What a STUPID video! I now know so much more. The name of the boat, The fact that it has a keel, and that sailors find the metal rails comforting. Thanks for not much….

  • Reply Speed Man April 16, 2013 at 1:14 am

    Can I get that 1:22 sec of my life back ?

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