Re: What do you wish you had known before buying your first boat?
The Grampian 26 is a surprisingly good sailing boat, esp upwind in a breeze. You'll never be the prettiest girl at the dance (IMO) but you'll surprise some people.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)