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Re: Boat recommendations for a Newbe
I always favor learning to sail a dingy. I started small and I wish I had the time for a small boat again. Someday.
Sail Delmarva: The Merits of Learning to Sail on a Small Boat
While some thing small is undignified, you learn a feel for the wind and the water you may NEVER get in a larger boat. Like trying to learn algebra never having learned multiplication tables.
Start with a small slope that is popular in your area, sail it for a summer, and then sell it for what you paid. Sail it for 2 seasons in all weathers and jump straight to the 32-footer, no problem. Big boats aren't about sailing, they are about planning and systems.
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