Re: First boat for small 9 yr old girl?
Have you considered a nutshell pram? IT is small enough to be used as a tender aboard most 30+ foot boats, can be towed easily, and it slow enough and with a high enough freeboard that it is very "seaworthy" for a small boat.
It is also quite cute.. which a 9 year old girl might really like
In the end all that matters is how fully you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things that did not belong to you -buddha