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Old 06-02-2001
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question for those who know how to sail

I learned how to sail on a 16+'' daysailor (centerboard) and now am learning how to sail our (new to us) 30'' Bristol. To me the biggest difference is in ballast. In smaller lighter boats the crew/captain is the ballast and positioning this ballast is the key to performance. In other words, if the crew is on the wrong side of the boat it capsizes. Heavier boats and keel boats do not depend on this weight distribution that much. (For cruising anyway...racing is entirely different) Sailing principals do remain the same. As said earlier, you rely on the motor much more with larger boats. My engine wasn''t working last week and i couldn''t sail until it was fixed. I could always sail with both my daysailer and typhoon. Are you looking to buy a boat or are you new to sailing all together. ROB
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