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post #3 of Old 09-03-2000
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Welcome to Learning to Sail

Dinghies are great for learning to sail because they put you close to the water and the boat is very responsive to wind and current, helping you learn quickly how to handle sail and rudder. I bought a used dinghy with sail, oars, outboard, anchor, and life jackets for $500, a lot of extras that will cost extra with most new boats. If money is not a big concern, and you''ve got young kids, there are a number of new plastic rotomold boats out there for beginners, such as the Zuma. The kids can keep sailing it after you''ve bought your big boat! Keep in mind that you''ll need to get something you can cartop or stick in the back of a wagon or pickup. Trailers are very expensive, and few marinas will give up the space to a dinghy. The Sunfish and the Zuma can be cartopped, but most dinghies will need a large van or pickup. On the other hand, a good dinghy towed behind your big boat can extend its useful life by helping you get to shore from an anchorage or mooring.

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