I'm based in the Manawatu and have been lurking around here for a few weeks. I'm 46 and despite having never sailed (but plenty of small boat fishing off Foxton etc) sailing seems to appeal to my sometimes solitude lifestyle.
1. Is it too late to learn - being given my goal would be to one day head off to Tonga or Fiji
2. I need to learn, I guess Mana would be my best bet? I think Wanganui only do dinghy type instruction, and while some might suggest that is the best way to start, others say if you want to cruise then go crew or do a course.
3. Any suggestions on boats