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Old 05-17-2013
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Re: First boat for small 9 yr old girl?

Unless you are entering her in a school program that uses Optimists, skip the Optimist.

The Optimist is a training boat for kids who want to race, other kids leanring in Optimists, tend to drop out of sailing.

Get a boat big enough for your daughter AND HER BEST FRIEND (or you for that matter). Young girls want to hang with their friends, a two person boat enables them to sail and to socialize. (Young boys want to follow the girls...)

An N10 is a nice learning boat N10 Association | Serving Sailors for N10 class boats and used to be the predominate training boat in the NE. Wood versions are cheapo.

If you can use a dingy for cruising, buy something like a tech IC dingy Sailing and the Tech Dinghy. She can sail it and then you take in on vacation and use it for frostbiting...
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