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Re: First boat for small 9 yr old girl?

I can't sail on a Sunfish-style boat - I wear hearing aids and they can't get wet. So, for me, I had to find something that was a little "dryer" as a dinghy/tender/small boat. I wound up with a 14' Albacore. Light weight, stable, and fast. I'm looking forward to a break in the weather so I can polish her up and do some maintenance on her before we splash this spring. She will be my boys' boat (ages 7 and 5), or at least that's what I'm telling them. Basically, she's a nice, small boat on which they can learn to sail. Best of all, I picked her up, including the trailer, for $100 on Craigslist.

- Jim
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1975 Albacore 15

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