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Old 03-16-2013
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Re: First boat for small 9 yr old girl?

I assume you are a sailor yourself. Question is, can your little girl sail already or is she just starting out? My grandson started when he was 8, at a local sailing school. I think lessons, and seeing how she handles herself, will help you. Also, will she be sailing alone - in which case you will want something with a single sail - or will she have "crew"? Remember, these things don't have an engine, so she must be able to return to dock even (especially) when there are off-shore winds. The boat must be light enough so that she can right it by herself when she turtles (and she will). So, the question is as much answered by the skills she has, if not more so, than the actual boat she will sail. She will be on her own out there, no matter how close you try and track her.
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