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post #41 of Old 04-16-2007
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Hi, we own a 26X 02 and bought it for trailer sailing and price. We also had never sailed before and thought this was the best bang for the buck. It is true, this boat does not sail as good in either heavy (my favorite) or light (my wifes favorite) winds. However she sails nice and close to the wind and there is plenty of room. We have stayed on this boat for many weekends some 3 days with nothing but rain and did not kill each other. Under motor, even with our Honda 50 it is hard to control. We have to motor it on to the trailer like they show you in the video and it is really hard to do in heavy side winds. Is it a safe boat, I think it is not bad due to the solid flotation and you probably could survive but I definitely would NOT take her out in blue water, because this boat's hull is easily overpowered. Friends of ours have a Columbia 24 fixed led keel, what a difference. I hope this helps. Good Luck
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