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How to Buy a Sailboat

An online workshop for choosing, finding, and affording the boat of your dreams

A new course by Brian Cline


"This is the course for anyone who's ever thought about owning a boat. It's the course I wish I had before buying my first boat."


Boat shopping can be daunting, and it's not for the faint of heart.

In this course, you'll learn to identify the right boat for you, where to find it, and how to afford it.


You'll come away with a deeper understanding of what you are looking for, the tools for finding good deals, and guidance on how to avoid getting in over your head. 


This course is not only the culmination of Brian's experience on well over a hundred different boats,  but also a collection of recommendations from other long-time boat owners, brokers, boatyard managers, marina staff, and marine surveyors, all focused and bringing you the best boat buying and ownership experience possible. 

In this course, we’ll discuss:


  • How to think about your boat and sailing goals. We’ll go through exercises to help you flesh out realistic plans so you can find a boat to match.

  • How to think about boat size, features, and quality. Do you want a day-sailor, an overnighter, a racer, a coastal cruiser, a long-distance passagemaker, or some combination?

  • How to save $$$ by understanding some of the best places in the world boats can be found for the least money.

  • How to find a boat anywhere in the world, and what is involved in getting it to you.

  • How to inspect boats as you shop for common and expensive problems

  • How to negotiate the best prices and protect yourself during and after your purchase

  • How to set yourself up for many years of joyful boat ownership by understanding the true costs and work involved

  • Review the many alternatives to boat ownership that can get you sailing sooner with less cost

The Bottom Line:

If you’ve ever dreamed about owning a boat but were intimidated by all the jargon, gear, prices, or merely figuring out where to start, this course is for you.

Sign me up!

$150 USD

What’s included:

This course contains four 90-min Zoom webinar sessions, plus lots of bonus content!

  • Three 90-minute course sessions

  • One 90-min Q&A session

  • A comprehensive 50-page resource guide with all the info we cover in the course for you to keep and refer back to

  • Access to the private course directory – a group of people with sailing dreams large and small. Get additional support by posting in the group.

  • All sessions are recorded and available for life.


Live Session Dates:

All sessions are at 7pm Pacific

 - December 1: Session 1

 - December  8: Session 2

 - December 15: Session 3

 - December 22: Q & A Session

Everything will be recorded and emailed to you at the end of the week, but it's more fun to attend live!

"Brian is the most patient and skilled teacher I have met in all of my 37 years of any subject both in person and online. He is incredibly organized with his content and has a gift in quickly assessing which teaching methods are most compatible with each individual student’s needs. I would highly recommend him for any student seeking sailing instruction. He is thorough and honest and makes learning really enjoyable and fun as well!"

-Aimée P


Presented by Brian Cline: Captain, Instructor, and multiple-boat owner. 

Brian's been training others to understand and make the most of their boats for more than a decade. With many tens of thousands of miles under keels of all kinds, Brian knows well the fit between vessel form and function.

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Beautiful beach with sailing boat yacht, Cala Macarelleta, Menorca island, Spain. Yachting

F . A . Q .

Is this course only about sailboats or also powerboats?

Many elements of the course will apply to both, but there will be an emphasis on sailing vessels.

I have a specific question about the course; how can I ask it?

You’ll get access to a comprehensive resource document (think of it as the book that accompanies the course). You can leave your questions in the document, and I’ll answer them (give me two business days, please).

I don't see my question here, can I contact you directly?

Sure thing. Message me at If I can help, I will.

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