Re: Boat recommendations for a Newbe
A boat to learn on, and to keep for several years before moving up to something bigger, calls for something that you won't outgrow. On Lake Champlain, a Sonar or J/24 might be good options. The Sonar is perhaps more oriented towards daysailing. The J/24 has potential for minimalist weekending. Both are fun to sail, available at reasaonable cost, and hold their values reasonably well. (You won't lose your shirt when you sell them to move to a bigger boat, because they're popular enough to maintain a viable market). Both are trailerable, but launching by hoist would probably be easier than finding a suitable ramp. Look around and see what suits YOU best, as well. Fair winds!