Re: Good First Boat
I don't think you have to start with a tiny boat, the first boat I got was a cal 20 which was after sailing one time in my life on a neighbors' Alberg 33.
I do agree that 30+ is a tall order. I wouldn't go above 25.
1. Easier to dock
2. Less to break, cheaper to replace
3. Easier to maneuver
4. For price will be nicer.
5. Easier to learn everything on, anchor, tack...
I would go a good condition boat with a really good condition engine. I would look for in order of priority, regardless of boat
4. Standing rigging
6. Running rigging
Really most boats are and you'll be happy. Just go with a good manufacturer and not a macgregor 26