Don Casey says that most people, regardless of how much research they do, will learn a lot about sailing from their first boat, and a from that, learn what is really important to them and buy a second boat based on that. So get a boat that you can learn on, easily handle, and in good enough shape that you could easily re-sell it in a few years, if you realize that you need something different. I'd start in the 25-35' range... since something smaller is probably going to get outgrown more quickly, and something larger can get pretty expensive to store/moor/dock/maintain and repair, especially while you're in the early learning portion of your sailing career.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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Still—DON'T READ THAT POST AGAIN.
Last edited by sailingdog; 07-20-2007 at 08:34 PM.